Date Read: May 7th, 2021
Final Score: 5 / 10 !
Well, this was an odd one. The premise was super intriguing, namely how the world would look if the British Empire never collapsed (and within that, the idea of how different things might've been if the Brits weren't racial purists in the way that they were... and if they were a helluva lot less in-bred and sickly as they've made themselves)... It was definitely an intriguing experiment in thought-exercises.
Unfortunately, 'intriguing thought-experiment' is really as far as this one went in terms of interest-value. There was a mildly cute love story, and some discussion of the complexities of commerce and the politics of dealing with pirates, but the fixation of genetic compatibility and the overly intense commentary on 'race' as a non-entity just got a little too solid to enjoy much else. It was a valid point, but it definitely got in the way of anything really happening. The story covers about 2 months of time, with far too many days skipped in sweeping, 'things went on like that for x hours / rest of the afternoon / duration of the week' or such... And the angsts of the characters were laughable.
As a thought experiment, it was kind of neat.
As a story? It was pretty lame.
I'd only ever recommend it as a low-stakes beach-read / distraction type endeavor with which to while away an afternoon.