Closer to 2.5 stars, if I'm honest, but I'll go with a very reserved 3 stars, because why not? Somehow the ending, rather insipid sequel-bait epilogue notwithstanding, pulled this book out of the nosedive to two stars it took somewhere in the middle. My reservations stem from some events that were >thisclose< to making me hurl my Nook across the room and leaving a 1-star, DNF review. I pushed through out of morbid curiosity and was nominally rewarded. I think. Jeffries' writing was competent enough, and even when I wanted to throttle the characters, I was at least engaged. That's something, at least.