We had a very strange relationship, me and this book. Every time I reached for it, I had to force myself to continue reading. Yet, once I started, I couldn't put it down. The first half was two stars for me, then the second was four and then the end left me empty. This book felt cold. I liked Alice and Mattia but I'd like to think their world is not the world we live in. Theirs is deprived of a smile or a human touch. And in ours, if nothing else, there is hope.