The introduction was totally worth it. The rest of the novel was a super-depressing male & socioeconomic version of Kate Chopin's The Awakening
, complete with the obligatory suicide-attempt ending.
I get why it's good. Starkfield is portrayed as true to its name as it gets. I'm supposed to pity sympathize with Ethan -- and I did -- but this book succeeded a bit too
much in making his situation miserable for him, so much so that his situation was miserable for me