The main character is Kaylee. She's an extremely powerful heroine, though not in supernatural powers alone. She has a strong will and will do anything for those she loves, as is proved by this book. While her strength shows in the previous books, she simply shines in this one. She makes choices no person, much less a teenager, should have to make. She makes HUGE sacrifices. Which is saying something. Kaylee has made many sacrifices in the past, but these are much bigger. Kaylee's a smart cookie though. Let me tell you, she knows exactly what she's doing, even when she thinks she doesn't. She's strong in ways many heroines (or heroes) are not. She's by far one of my favorite characters. The other characters in this book really shine and show their true strengths. From the hidden goodness in Sabine to the obvious humor in Tod. From the buried strength in Nash to the suppressed kindness in Sophie.
I love the story. It's incredible. The characters are so well developed and everything they do, say, and feel are well thought out and well done. Everything happens for a reason. Because of some of the characters, you really need to listen to the wording used. You'd be surprised what one or two words could do or mean. These stories are deep and I can relate to the characters. They feel things that real people feel. At it's core, it's a story of a girl who finds strength in herself and those around her. A girl who takes and uses that strength to make hard choices and tough decisions. And while in real life, many people don't have to make as difficult or life threatening decisions, people do have to make decisions. Especially while growing up. People have to find strength in themselves. And this story shows that very well.