I have only read the first book. I liked the idea and characters, but some parts were a bit boring, and the book is very depressing. Several characters die. I read this for a book club. If I did not have to finish it, I probably would not have. However, I don't think you should judge the author based off of this book. I am reading her My Side of the Mountain book, and it is really good so far. I do not plan on reading the other books, but I may research how the trilogy ends.