Proper review to come. For now:I am just relieved that Kai is not the ruler of the new America in this story. I would be further pissed off. He is one of the utterly weakest, daft, nonsensical, unprepared leaders I've ever had the displeasure of reading. Him and his stupid advisers are dumber than dirt, and I just don't get why the rest of Earth would be okay with his poor decision making skills. It affects them all after all. If they can weigh in on his coronation, shouldn't they also weigh in on his diplomatic choices that will ultimately affect the rest of them?Oh, wait! That's because there are a lot other things going on in this series that causes a logical brain like mine to call bullsh-t! on a lot of the characters' courses of actions and that is the plot developments in the story. Despite my MAJOR misgivings about the behavior and courses of actions and so many other big things seemingly essential to the story, I am a fan of this series. Grudgingly. (Ugh, this is cognitive dissonance! It's killing me.)I want to know how it ends and where it goes from here, and I can't wait to get my hands on Cress and Winter, the 3rd and 4th books in the series. This series requires a bit of a stretch of imagination that overlooks logic a lot. It was frustrating to read because of the simultaneous polarizing emotions I was experiencing. Nonetheless, it's a lot of fun, and interesting things happen that keep you turning the page.