Oh but this was GOOD! So good.
Anyone who thinks that YA is purely for girls who like shiny vamps, dopey romances and daftly happy endings NEEDS to have a read of this. It's brutal, and it's well-written, and there's not a single ounce of romance in it.
It's also, genius. So much so that I sat up 'til half past midnight reading it, and got the second book on Kindle as soon as I'd finished (bear in mind I have to be up at 5am) because I can't wait for the paperback to get here.
Huge thumbs up, along with a warning that this one isn't for the faint of heart. I can't wait to see how the series progresses!