Wow! Martel is a phenomenal wordsmith. I have never highlighted more passages in a book than I did in this one. The end had my head spinning. I had to read that twice. This is a book I believe people will love or hate. It is certainly a book that needs to be read at the right time. I've owned it for several years and am honestly glad I didn't read until now because I might have not appreciated it in the way I do now. Will be interesting to see show they have portrayed this in the movie.