I think I share the same views as many Littens on this book from the #tob shortlist. I loved the language / linguistics elements (how clever to be able to dream up such a storyline?!) but found the colonialism debate rather heavy-handed.
It did feel a bit YA in places to me, despite all of the deaths, so I‘m not sure it deserves to be on the shortlist. I did thoroughly enjoy it though, which I didn‘t expect to do!