An excellent book - far better than I had expected from an unknown author. Very well written, with only a slight tendancy to overdose on descriptions of everything. A few genuine moments of laughter too - for a story on such a harrowing subject, it was pleasantly light-hearted in places, full of hope and possibilities. I'd definitely read another novel set in this world.
To echo the other review, this paints such a believable picture of the future that it's actually a little scary and makes you think hard about what's important right now. The ending was a little swift but only because I wanted it to go on forever.