This book took some time for me to really get into it (that's why a 3.5 instead of a 4). I didn't really like Emeline at first. As the book progressed, I had moments where I thought I "got" her and others where I still just didn't like her. Having finished the book, I'm still not sure if I like or dislike her. However, I liked Samuel. I liked the depiction of PTSD, the flashbacks are realistic. Looking forward to Jasper's story.