I was looking for some decent fantasy for my 14 year old son to get into, ended up hogging this book all for myself and very glad I did indeed!
(He is currently reading it and loves it! 18/08/13)
From the very first page I was hooked; gripping, involving and at times disturbingly real.
The story unfolds within a barren, twisted world of which there are only a few settings - this is not about huge dramatic
landscapes and cliffs, cavernous grottoes, vast oceans, or charismatic talking trees. That said, it is by no means lacking in creative
power, on the contrary, it is this 'simplicity of scenes' that aids the reader in visualizing (and developing) what I feel is one of
the strong points on this lovely book: the believable characters. They are just kids that have to grow and die real quickly, a
wonderful creative view of what we would have to do if we were put into this predicament, EVERYTHING would change. So masterfully done,
by Mr Ross, I believe, and this is where his empathic, obviously cultured, writing produces some truly wonderful personalities which are simply
so real, so comprehensible that the book totally draws you in till the very last page. A truly powerful, intense, eerie adventure into
the human - or rather - the teenage psyche. I just couldn't put it down, didn't want it to end, and that (unfortunately) doesn't
happen to me too much with books nowadays. Bring on the sequel I say (apparently on its way!)!!