This book is downright amazing and hands-down the best book in decades. It is so emotional that I cried while reading it. And I have never cried while reading a book. And I've watched movies like Ip Man and The Last Samurai, and this book literally makes them look like a joke. There is a huge educational value but it is not for kids because there are a few brutal acts of violence as well as battle sequences (dismemberment from land mines) and beatings, most of which are in cruel ways. Another sad but cruel part that counts as violence is when Arn is physically forced to pee on dead bodies. There are also references to rape.