A unique, artfully constructed, and wonderfully imagined work of science-fiction. Particularly interesting from the perspectives of globalization, and increasing technologization (not a real word, but I'm making it up for the purpose of this review) in post-colonial countries. Not sure about the actual satisfaction of the plot/ending. Mariama's story was much more entertaining to read than Meena's, which I thought never really reached any resolution or conclusion. She just seems to get stuck on that bridge for eternity, and we are never given enough answers to questions/mysteries about her background or relationships to others. Meena is a character I just never warmed up to over the course of the novel (though I was moved by her physical struggles).