After coming off of The Great Alone (so, so, good!), this book was a bit of a let down. The historical aspect of the Dust Bowl, The Great Depression, and the westward movement of so many mid-westerners was a new area of historical fiction that I had not read before, so that was an eye-opener. The author does a great job of capturing the devastation and the fear of that time in history. Even though I longed to get back into the story each day, and I finished the over 400 pages in a week, I was left wanting more. It is worth the read but for those that are a fan of some of Hannah's more popular works, you might be a little disappointed.