Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this story. Although I should've known better, I allowed the title to form rather low expectations. While the story wasn't technically flawless, it was far better than those preconceived notions predicted; and, while I was disappointed that the story was miscoded, those lowered expectations did serve to keep me from turning away.
In many ways, this was a formula mc piece; it's the minor distinctions - or perhaps the unique combination of reused ideas - that serve to make it new. Many of the characters are engaging, entertaining, or simply interesting, and the story is largely character driven. Probably the most original aspect of the story is the novel approach to satisfying the 'ethics of mind control' that so many stories in the genre seem to want to deal with lately.
Finally, I suggest that the main reason for the average appeal rating I've issued is the content which was not listed in the codes for the story. Given that I wouldn't have read the story, most likely, had those codes been listed as they should have been, it's actually rather an endorsement of the story's quality that it rates so high as average.