Thanks! Yes, the end, while a bit bittersweet, will be very hopeful. The rest of the books though, especially the middle one, are pretty grim at times. The first is just a bit lighter, because my charries are just coming to realize how bad things are. And then it just goes down from there, until they finally put their heads on straight and actually decide to do something about it.
"A hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head."
- C. S. Lewis