This is a fun, fast read, obviously with the intent to force mass-market readers to think about Perdue's issues of free will, pharmaceutically-enhanced soldiers, and such.
But, TWO things got in the way of my "total experience."
1) It is very disconcerting for the reader when the story jumps back and forth between first-person and third-person narrative like a volley ball on Spring Break. There's no discernable reason to have a first-person POV when so much of the story has to be told by an omniscient narrator. There's not even the pretense of "this is what I found out later about this."
2) After the FOURTH repetition of describing the female lead as having "a Mona Lisa smile," I was starting to want to time-travel and kill da Vinci before he could paint the thing! The fact that Jasmine has a "Mona Lisa smile" is shorthand for "as the author, I'm too untalented to describe what I mean." I mean, come on! This UNDESCRIPTIVE description appears probably TEN TIMES in this book. For heck's sake, just say, "her mysterious smile made me wonder what she was really thinking," or "her expression drove me crazy trying to figure her out," or SOMETHING that's not repeated over and over.
Other than that, this is a pretty involving, fun read. I would have enjoyed it more had these two things not slapped me (metaphorically) in the face, jolting me out of the story and back to "Oh, yeah, I'm reading a book."
What do YOU think?