But that's it. Sure, the storytelling was interesting and I kept on reading because I wanted to find out what happened next. It was easy to picture everything like crafting your own movie, and you would be immersed in it right away. Despite the overuse of "little did she know that in [insert near future], _____ would happen" type of narrative, I thought the storytelling was decent.
However, I also kept on reading because I expected some sort of character development, you know, how various events affect the characters. How people change and grow. I could find almost none of this. Timber sounds like an empty shell of a person once she starts working within the cult, and she remains that way to the end. She does not find a meaning or purpose for her life; if she did, the readers cannot find out, because so little of her thoughts are revealed in the later part of the book. She ultimately does not find a a way to be her own person, either. Same lack of development goes for other characters, such as Goldstein, Luscious, and Ginger. While the author gives good background on many characters, they do not move forward (or backward, or anywhere for that matter) as a result of current events in their lives. So when the readers reach the ending, it is as if there is more story to be told and developed, but the book is chopped off.
Overall, I was very disappointed for all the potential that was never realized.