I've read all the other reviews of this book and I have to agree that it's not an easy read, however, I couldn't put it down! The author's world of slavery and corruption is disturbing on so many levels but the shock of every vivid scenario is tempered by the redeeming qualities of the narrator. I liked Andrew Ashton. He started out a spoiled brat until he had a major reality check. The way he handled all the horror thrown in his path made everything a lot more palatable. That's not to say that some of his choices were unconventional and self-serving, but I think he did the best he could given the circumstances. I like the way the author wrapped up the story with a clear picture of the future. It was very satisfying to me as a reader. I still can't get this story out of my head and it's been days since I've read it. Any book that can create this kind of an impact deserves a five star as far as I'm concerned.