Two words: Fucking awesome.
Technical problems with law and the roles of various law enforcement divisions. Protagonist is a bit too special. Psychological seems to happen too quickly and suddenly. Program partners, as usual in the universe, fall in love.
3D characters. Likeable protagonist. People have real problems. Presents the natural local outcroppings of national problems. Technical soutions to computing issues are nearly feasab le (close enough for a fiction story, at least). Wonderful contrasts between opposition to the Program and an internal need to participate for others' sake. Lovely arc of trying to improve the program.
The Last call:
If you like the NIS unitverse, read this. If you are curious about problems that could occur int he NIS universe, read this. If you know what the NIS universe is, read this. IF you don't, read some other NIS stories, then read this. :-)
This could be, should be the NiS story to end all NiS stories.
Not that it will be. NiS stories will continue, and most of them will just be more of the same-old same old. How many different ways are there to tell the story of a couple of naive kids stripped naked in school for a week?
But, while it is fantasy, as all NiS stories are, it does offer a stiff jolt of reality, a jolt that might leave you contemplating the feasibility of the whole Naked in School Program.
This is a different and much meatier NiS story than usual. It has a plot. It has a hero -- and what a hero! -- and villains, and damsels in distress -- and what damsels! It has a plot. It has lots of action -- physical, sexual, social and political -- and lots of stuff worth thinking about, lessons in law and civics, psychology and sociology, right and wrong.
It also has sex, but it takes about 20 chapters to get to it. Don't let that discourage you, the lessons come first and they are worth learning, and thinking about. It may feel a bit dry and dense when the legal arguments get a bit thick. They are well worth paying attention to in spite of that, because on that hangs a good bit of the plot.
Once you get past chapter 20 the sex comes in, in the last 19 chapters, and the scenes are well written and hot and explore a healthy range of enthusiastic activities. You'd have to be pretty delicate for there to be anything to squick you, but plenty to arouse you.
You could consider it a well earned reward for soldiering through all that comes before. That's the foreplay, I guess I could say. But it's fair to say that getting there is half the fun.
Technically the story is almost flawless. It is grammatically correct and almost completely free of typos (I think I saw at least one but was too busy reading to flag it) and homonyms, and the style is comfortable and readable.