This book evoked emotion from me, and that is not easily done. I experienced some sadness, but mostly anger and frustration. And not directed towards the book, but because of the book and the events that were taking place. It drew me in despite the horror of it.
We are seeing things unfold through the eyes of a eleven year old boy who is soon to become twelve. This life of his is perfectly normal in every sense. This is the only way of life that he knows, and what his parents, and their parents, and so on, knew as a way of life. You become exasperated during the introduction of the book, but you are seeing it through his eyes. The eyes of a child. The events taking place are somehow lessened because of them being seen through the innocence of the child, despite you realizing the reality of what is happening. The brain washed society, with their disturbing methods. Its not until our character matures slightly, and is suddenly given a task that opens his eyes that we see the magnitude of it all. Suddenly the horror of it all floods into your senses.
I wasn't overly satisfied with how it concluded, but was content.
Rating: 4 Stars