Kind of late to the dystopian party, but I like reading trilogies that are already past their prime so that, if I really love the first one, I don't have to wait an agonizingly long time between books. With all the hype about this series I waited in line on the SPL reserves list until it landed on my shelf. After the first 80 pages I kind of wondered what all the hype was about and started to doubt whether I wanted to keep reading, especially after reading a few reviews on Goodreads about the monster-long road trip that never went anywhere, but the writing was good enough and I was intrigued by the kids' "powers" and the break-out by someone who couldn't possibly be a good person (Cate). By the time Ruby hooked up with Liam, Zu and Chubs, I was compelled to keep reading. I got confused by the stores that were abandoned but still had things like beautiful red and pink dresses for the taking, but whatever. Yes, the road trip was long (complained some reviewers who rated it one or two stars) but the kids were "on the run" not just driving along aimlessly. I liked the idea of getting inside someone's head to see their thoughts, and the triangle between Ruby, Clancy, and Liam was plausible and deepened the intrigue. In the end I was pulled forward by the narrative and had to find out what happened. Not in love with the book enough to go out and buy it or the sequels, but I am intrigued enough to wait my turn in the SPL request line. Apparently there are lots of others of the same mindset.