Well, let me be frank. I liked the first book better.This is a prequel, we meet these guys maybe 40 years after the beginning of this book. So, the main characters have obviously grown and matured. Certainly, Ethan's language skills have improved. And that is really my biggest problem with this book. I feel like the romance is back seat to some sort of sociological study on an isolated backwoods cult.I know what the author is going for, trying to illustrate how some packs have died away because of their refusal to associate with humans. After all, this is possibly in a rural 1970s, so perhaps it was more likely at the time. But it got very distracting.I do recommend this this book if you have read the first, just to get the backstory. But I recommend reading the other one first.