I really didn't think I'd like or relate to this book at all -- I mean, cows? Farms?? Wisconsin??? -- and I definitely wouldn't have picked it up had Noelle not Kenneth Parcell-GIF recommended it, but I'm so glad I did! DJ kicks ass. The story is told from her perspective, and her character and the tone of the story reminded me a little of Ellie in the Tomorrow series. My one (and I do mean ONE) criticism is that at times, DJ sounds so young she's veering on childish, but I definitely needed the simplistic explanations of life on a farm. (Who knew wet hay could start a fire?!) Catherine Gilbert Murdock writes DJ so well and with such knowledge that I believed this story was semi-autobiographical until a quick Google search proved otherwise. After reading a few trilogies that shouldn't be trilogies, ahem Uglies, I'm glad there's more to DJ's story and I cannot wait to read the next book. Like now.