What's up with all the references to 18th century stuff? Is it eventually supposed to add something to the story?
Oh, okay, fine -enough of a scholar they know such things but already excusing self from writing as if from our century while pointing out (sometimes slipping into) the style of own century. I get it; this is in the future where of course language has changed along with gender roles/perception/usage.
It's wearing thin having reader addressed constantly supposedly moving between three styles. If this book will be breaking the fourth wall to address me the entire story length rather than letting story progress and immerse me, it may not be for me.
Get on with the story already; you've set the scene, the atmosphere and hinted at lots of complex politics and worldbuilding. Now follow through and stop narrating subserviently to us ignorant readers who must be spoonfed 18th century philosophers with the utmost apologies for doing so. It ain't an apology or an accident if you keep doing it.
How on earth did this get so highly rated and awarded? The "what if" of ditching gender and nationalism -- while here -- so far isn't well done. The writing has yet to flow well into story unless this is one long-ass foreword where not yet into the story part.