Author's probable thoughts: "How much abuse can I get away with inflicting on my main character? Let's find out. Everything and everyone is fair game. Don't get too attached!"
I wanted more worldbuilding (and a good therapist for Bea), but at the rate she's going, it'll likely all go up in flames anyway. This is the first book in the series, and she left some things hanging, so book 2 will be going in my shopping cart shortly, because I must know more.
I binge read this on an airplane, and we hit some turbulence at a rather crucial part of the story, so my reading experience may have been a little bit more intense than yours will be.