there are some nice parts to this book, but i can't give it more stars because from beginning to end it was a chore to read. the first 100 pages in particular were just so hard to get through, and although it got easier, it never got easy. her style was interesting - some of her sentences were really choppy, missing either nouns or verbs, which i found really weird, because it wasn't consistent. she didn't use descriptors much at all, which might have matched the starkness of the story and the environment. some good things in there, but this was so hard for me to get through.