Touching Madness was an excellent read. River is easy to relate to, and his unusual way of perceiving the world brings a unique voice to the story. He, and the rest of the cast, are interesting and engaging. I am very much looking forward to spending more time with the characters in the second installment, especially the Sootball. The plot is twisty, intriguing, and action packed but, thankfully, lacks the plot holes that so many books these days seem to feature. As I read the story, I found it difficult to catch my breath, and just when I thought things couldn't possibly get worse, they did. And yet, despite the action, suspense, and ever rising tension, I found myself quietly chuckling (and even laughing out loud) at the most unexpected moments. All in all, this book is definitely worth reading.