Got my copy, and proceeded to read it in the parking lot once I got in the car. /noshame I can't help but feel that there is a LOT stirring underneath the surface with this issue. I'm gonna have to re-read it again tomorrow to see if I catch something that I may have missed. One thing got me chuckling though. After reading about Shenshen's revelation on what she wants to do with her life, I couldn't help but wonder if her life's work would be similar to what humans (as in us on Earth) go through when deciding that they want to be a veterinarian. I know it sounds odd, but if you think about it, we are talking about two different species here. While I understand there is a difference between bestial beings and self aware beings, the gray area in between the black and white is the biology... and the wanting to help those outside our innate species.