No joke, I literally sobbed my way through much of the second half of this book - much to my husbands bemusement and concern. For a minute there I was very worried that the series would end up with an open ending after all, but in the end John Marsden tied everything together very nicely.Somehow the resolution of the war did offend my sense of justice though. I know it's probably a very realistic resolution though, so even if I don't like it much, I can understand why John Marsden didn't tie everything up in a neat little bow in the end.I'm glad I've finally read this series. I've heard so much about it for ages, and it deserves its hype. Now all that's left is to figure out whether I should continue with the Ellie Chronicles next ;) Recommendations, anybody?