Having read this book twice, I have come to be very interested in the late 1600's and other historical times. As I read, I came to know each character better and better and understand their reasons. I felt as if Mary Chase was someone whom I had known forever, yet it was only 4 days. When the book became very detailed with gore, I realized, that this really happened. People were really forced to live like this. I totally recommend this book to many history loving teens (such as myself) with much enthusiasm.