This is a really good book for Chinese language students. Most reading material for intermediate students is short texts that don't differ much from what you'd find in a text book. This is an actual novel simplified for the student with vocabulary translations, pinyin, and comprehension questions in Chinese at the end of each chapter.
Even with the vocabulary I found there were still some words that I had to look up. Some parts of the story were harder than others but overall I was able to read the whole thing. It is very satisfying to have read a novel in Chinese, even if it was a simplified student edition.
The text of the novel did feel that like the story had been simplified perhaps a bit too much. All the events were there but it seemed to lack much emotion. I'm going to find a full English translation of the novel and read that to see what I missed. But I still really enjoyed this. I read a chapter a day and finished it in just under two weeks. I shall definitely see if I can get the other books in this series as they are really good practice.