Let's get down to it, shall we? First thing: Darla reads like an eighteen year old female version of MacGyver. Second thing : even if she read wise beyond her years (or unlikely,) I liked that aspect of her. Of how she’s the tough one who knew what to do while he starts out as clueless and sometimes bumbling around (but not all the time.) The eventual reversal of their roles then the re-reversal kept things interesting too because really, the action in this one wouldn’t quit!It’s got the same feel as Ilsa Bick’s post apocalyptic/zombie YA novel Ashes, but more focused … in that it never veered away from the path it set out on: His world’s in chaos and he’s looking for his family. People around his are desperate and doing things they wouldn’t normal. There’s hints at cannibalism, abuse and more… and every single thing/ person is a mess. Some are good and others just plain evil. To say that I enjoyed this is a massive understatement. Thank gosh for sequels.