This book was hard to get into. Not because of the number of characters, which was reasonable, but because of the richness of its worldbuilding. However, it was gratifying to find my way through it.
The worldbuilding reminded me of the trailer for Annihilation. I haven't read the novels nor watched the movie, but that's the vibe I got.
There was minor f/f at the end of the book.
just_ann_now, have you read anything by this author? I don't think I had heard of her before, but colour me intrigued.