This was a very powerful and beautiful read, and further cemented my love for Patrick Ness as a writer. I love the Chaos Walking series, although this really couldn't be any more different. I can honestly say that it is unique from anything I have read in the past, and reads like a modern fable or fairy tale. It pulled at the heartstrings (hard), but somehow managed to avoid being overly cheesy/ preachy/ etc. The writing was simple but impactful and suited the tone perfectly. Highly highly recommend this to anyone.