I was initally kind of put off by the boys that populate the glade and their language with words like "shank" and "Greenie." It felt very juvenille to me, like it belonged to a younger audience than a young adult novel, like Holes where they have characters like "Armpit." But once the story gets going, the mystery grows ever more intriguing, even if it is frustrating how unnecessarily secretive the mysteries are teased out by the author. And once things go to "clunk," things really get interesting. There's that certain turning point in this book where I really began to enjoy the story and couldn't wait to see what happened, it just took awhile to get there. I'm glad I toughed it out though, because it turned out to be a pretty intriguing world. This will certainly appeal to fans of other fantasies like Incarceron.