2.5 stars really. I tend to bounce HARD off of styles like Wendig has used here. the gritty, dirty, life is ugly and so is my 'realistic' writing. that style turns me off majorly. I also never forgot that a man wrote this. despite having a female (3rd person) POV, it was just so definitely written by a man. for that matter Miriam wasn't the most believable female either. probably due to that whole male gaze thing. that said, I liked the exploration of choice vs fate (even if I disagree with the novel on that point). and the end had a sort of surreal creepiness that was fairly enjoyable despite the writing style.