The premise behind this story is interesting, and the main character is well developed, and his back story, and powers are different, and well thought out. It read almost like an urban fantasy where the fantasy aspect had been replaced by science fiction. I enjoyed the strong relationships Ukiah had with his family, and with his partner. It's nice to have a main character with such a strong support system, and loving family. It was also nice to see a same sex family treated with the dignity, and respect it deserved. I enjoyed the secondary characters, and the stand out for me was having so many truly strong female characters. Too often "strong" female characters are just plain bitchy, but these were intelligent women able to make difficult choices while still being capable of maintaining close, loving relationships. It's not to say that they weren't each flawed to some degree, but they were able to stand on their own. A fun read, and I plan on reading the rest of the series.