I was totally up in the air about whether I liked this book until the last 100 pages or so. I didn't dislike it, but I was feeling sort of "meh" about it. Then, bam, the end just really picked up & caught my attention. If I wasn't reading this for a bookclub discussion, then I probably would have put it down, but it was a fairly quick read so I plowed ahead & I'm glad I did. It was good to finally see Alek & Deryn's stories come together. I will definitely be picking up book 2 at some point.