A dark and heavy tale about what happens to people who life has forgotten, people who believe they have nothing left to lose. I was struck by how little I liked any of the characters. Madeline, Jake, and Blondie were all deplorable. Ernesto had redeeming qualities, but a dark past. What kept me reading was the interest in all of the characters motivations as well as what exactly happened to Ernesto in prison. I do wish there was a little more depth to the setting, some backstories and how exactly J. Smyrna was pulling off what they were able to achieve. Since things worked slightly differently in this world, I felt just a little lost at times; although, this is a shorter story and can easily be read in one sitting. Overall, an unconventional story featuring characters that usually go unnoticed.