I think this is a really good book! I was really into it and loved it! I'm sad lots of people stopped reading after they tried to read the second book. Out of the whole series, this one was hardest for me to get into, but if you push through to the 3rd book, it gets better! In fact, for me, the 3rd book is one of my favorites. And I know that this site is suppose to be "unbiased", but I've noticed that they give brandon mull a lot of bad reviews. All they say for this is "Parents need to know that aside from some fantasy violence, one of the two main characters repeatedly and stupidly disobeys adults, putting himself and others in serious danger, and seems to learn nothing from the experiences." they don't include the good story told, and how its about 2 kids who learn how to be better! Seth learns to not be so stupid, and Kendra learns to be more brave! This is a great book, and I feel like Common Sense isn't doing it justice.