Absolutely fantastic book!! My 8 year old son and I read it together and he was squirming the entire time for more. We devote 30 minutes to reading every night and he wanted to forego all else before bedtime so we could read for 90 minutes instead.
Wonderfully written and very creative. It IS a mixture of Hunger Games (without the child-on-child violence) and Harry Potter, but also completely original.
We highly recommend this book. We've read everything in this age category and this was his favorite (and mine too!) of all.