It took me a little bit to get used to the format of narration. A friend compared it to Beverly Hillbillies, and I agree. It works for this book and the main character. Makes me think I should re-try some DNFed books for this reason. Maybe if I read more I might get into it.
The world-building was intense and sucked me in.
The characters were amazing as well. I found it compelling, even if you hated a few of them, you hated them but loved them at the same time. If I'm making sense. :P
My main nick-pick is that there was a love story. I'm tired of the constant tru luv in YA fiction. It's over-used, imho.