This is an interesting take on the perils of mixing or trying to blend multi life forms for the sake of the greater good. The story enfolds using multiple view points, first the humans and then the alien and the focus is on the perils and rewards of blending totally different behavors. This may sound boring but it is not. It left me with a lot to thing about. I have to say that I thought of Embassytown while reading this. When I got done with Embasstown, I was not sure of anything except that I had read a book that put forth this idea of alien to human interaction as an almost incomprehensible impossibility. The Triptych, at least I could feel and understand the sesults of the characters actions.