Previously when I've read this book I hated Zarek. He was so different in his book than he was in his own I could never reconcile his badass reputation with his whiny emo thoughts.I had a much better reaction this time around, however. Zarek's emo-ness still annoys me, but not as much as it did previously. I understood more why he acted the way he did, though I still think he whined a bit too much.I really liked Astrid. She was a good batch for Zarek. I never did quite buy that she was numb from all feelings, though.