Book 17 of 2018 is Damocles by S. G. Redling.
I liked too much about this book. The linguistics side. The idea that two people can connect simply because they are open to.
This book was rich and enjoyable but it wound up too fast and too simply. It betrayed the rest of the book that had so much effort put in to it.
I wish this could be rewritten with a better and less predictable ending.
4 words and hand signals out of 5.
Should I read this? Yes, actually.
What did I learn? I love language and the idea of communication across understandings.