This series has not once disappointed me. I was crying like a baby at the end of this book but I loved it none the less. All the characters became close friends to me through out this journey and it is sad to see it end. Their emotions were so life like. You felt their pains and sorrows and could sympathize with them. There is no straight answer to tell you why this is such a great series and I am not even sure myself why it is great. All I know is that for those of you who have not read it drop what your are doing. Go get it. Read it now.