What I loved about the novel is the strength of the female characters. I mentioned this in my review of the first novel, but I loved how it continued in this one. Whether it was through Pressia (a fused girl), Lyda (a pure girl), the mothers (former housewives that lasted through the detonations), or Iralene (I can't really explain her without giving too much away, but she's interesting), all the women have an inner strength that goes beyond gender stereotypes. They are survivalists, they are lovers, they are friends, and they are mothers. They are much more than a love story arc needed to propel the romantic elements in the story, and I love that. In fact, I need stories like that because they give me life. They show me that women don't have to be all one thing or another in stories.