As much as I enjoyed the author's first book this one is pretty much irredeemable. It attempts to do several things and does none of them effectively.
The characters all have issues that the author's words fail to convey and as such rather than emphasizing with them they simply sound whiny, vapid, or cartoonish.
The world that she builds is somewhat interesting and had she spent more time exploring and defining it could have saved the book. But where her words failed her characters, they simply weren't plentiful enough to immerse the reader in.
A story never materialized during the novel and coming to the 'acknowledgement' section of the book is the only hint you had that the story the author was telling was over.
Maybe there was supposed to be a message in the book but for the casual reader there is never a story.
This is probably the first book I've ever given a single star rating but I never found anything in the book warranting the addition of more stars.
Rather than buy this book, do yourself a favor and buy two copies of the author's other novel 'All the Birds in the Sky.'