God, this book is amazing. I wish it had more readers, though, but it truly exells at being both thought-provoking and terifically exciting at the same time. I adored this duology when I was in 6th grade (and I'm a girl!) Truly terrific. Even if you don't like fantasy, this is worth a try. (Oh, by the way, I love the author for not milking the series for 10 books. Hate it when authors do that. Although, that means I have less to read :( )
Random comment, I loved the series so much that I finished the last book, Darksolstice, on the Winter Solstice AND on a lunar eclipse. Two in one! Love it, love it, love it.