Geez I couldn't get into this book. It was written journal style which made it way more difficult to connect with Lauren (I never actually felt like I DID connect with her character), I couldn't get behind the Earthseed religion (it just felt way too unnecessary and like it was added either for shock factor or as an excuse of a motive), and the slow pace of the story just lost me. Honestly I was way more interested in the backgrounds of the side characters than anything that actually happened in this story. Knowing that this was pretty much written in response of the LA riots makes more sense and helped put it in better perspective for me but I couldn't get over the entitled attitude of Lauren and how she seemed unable to empathize with anyone, especially when she seemed to look down on and blame the poor for being dirty and poor. Like, what???