Bought this for my 11 year old daughter. She cannot put it down. Anything that catches a child's imagination is a good thing in my view! The characters are brilliant, the plot is well structured, the setting believable. Ian Douglas writes from the heart and captures the angst and uncertainty of a teen caught up in a situation too big for them. My daughter loved the book, I adored it, even my 14 year old son has prised himself away from the games console to read a few chapters. It's fair to say we're hooked!