I have to admit that I did not hold out high hopes for this book after having read Skellig. My expectation turned out to be accurate.
The whole book, from the very first page focused on Death and promoted a dark tone throughout the book. I kept looking for glimmers of life and light but none existed.
I have to say that after this book I hoped that the next book I read was far more positive in nature.
I do not recommend David Almond at all.