4.5 stars (It would be 5, but I loathe the "wait, we're just starting!" trick at the end of first books of trilogies. Yeah, yeah, I know. But I'm taking off .5 of a star anyway.)
WOW! Seriously, I knew this book was going to blow me away when I reached page 12 (end of the prologue) and literally had to stop to catch my breath.
This may well be the most original post-apocalyptic story I have ever read. Not to mention breathtakingly powerful.
My only regret is that I didn't also take book #2 with me when I went to my parents' place this weekend, and I'm unlikely to have time to read it before NEXT weekend.
Also, book three has not yet been published. This could be a problem . . .