The first in a series of three, this is unusual because each book literally picks up where the last one left off. I gave it three stars because the book starts off so slow. There is a lot of detail that is important to the rest of the book, but the author took about a 1/3 of the book to give it to us with little action. It's a creative story and fairly well written. For those like me who enjoy "cleaner" reading, I'll give a warning: It does have a distasteful descriptive sexual assault scene and is laden with casual sex.