This is a gently paced story about coming of age and learning both sacrifice and cooperation in order to not simply survive, but also to flourish. I would have loved to see a more active voice, because the premises and magic in the story were beautiful. The ending felt a little off to me, as I did not understand it. I will not voice a spoiler to explain that, however. It is a good story worth the time of a young reader.
(review of free book)