I am not sure why I chose this book to read--perhaps it was one a student donated to our classroom. Scholastic was highlighting it in one of its fliers, and I had a super quiet, avid-reader student order it. Anything to connect to students . . .
This book is appropriate for junior high students and older. Given the violence and destruction (both present and implied), I would not recommend it for most readers younger than 7th grade.
I thought this novel was decent. I've nearly had my fill of the post-apocalyptic novels. This one followed in that traditional format. Interesting main character. Nothing too exceptional about the book that makes is stand apart from other books in this genre. I probably would have "ranked" it higher on my Goodreads list if this had been one of the first books in this genre I have read. There were some interesting, familiar details (decrepit old Starbucks, etc.) and a not-too-sappy romance to draw readers into the text. I would not hesitate to read other books by this author--click HERE for more information about Jeff Hirsch and his books. His book is way better than his website.