I am vociferously passionate about good books. And I hate adverbs.
Okay, that's an interesting way to do it. At the end of the first chapter there is a section of two-and-a-half pages of RECAP of what had already transpired...
It felt a lot like the novel outline, left in the body of the text.
Or like something you see at the beginning of a new episode of a soap—"Last week, on Alphas..."
Not pretty. Not impressed. Reading on, because the story is lovely. Execution? Not so much, perhaps.