I can't really say that I truly liked this book. I had hopes for a little more humor from the look of the inside cover but it turned out quite a bit more serious. There were a large number of characters, most of which didn't really serve any purpose in the book other than to die. Sadly the few characters that you really wanted to see developed just spastically appeared in VERY brief moments. Lastly, the ending gave me one of those "what??!!! That was it???" type feelings. It did have a somewhat open ending so maybe some of the character tid-bits pan out in the other two books, but I think I'm done with the series. I am glad I just checked this one out from the library because I would have been a bit upset if I had shelled out any cash for it.