I'm not going to lie. This book hurt. A lot. Ever present are feelings of guilt, shame, longing, and grief. The suffering these characters go through? Unbelievable. I hurt most of all for Akiva and Ziri; at times I hated Karou. I can't say I liked reading this book but it definitely stirred more in me than the first. If you want to be tortured with a shit ton of angst, then this fits the bill. In not being a complete downer, there is also the pervasive theme of hope throughout and Zus and Mik definitely add light and humor when it's most needed.