This post-apocalyptic tale was - naturally - relentlessly bleak. The character was well described just by the language she used. Her poisonous environment in which love survives is vivid. Unfortunately the ending was a little off, but I think it would have been hard to be believably hopeful. I looked into Rapp's other titles, but they also looked relentlessly bleak, without the post-apocalyptic angle, so I don't think I'll bite.