I read this in high school. As a teen, I felt that it was a difficult read. Not only is the text dense and much of the action highly detailed, but the majority of plot events have negative consequences for the characters. Character development takes place as the characters struggle to cope with or escape profound and repeated loss, often by traveling across Burma. The writing and imagery is beautiful, but the story is tragic. Although a satisfying and thrilling read peppered with memorably spooky tales, I had to put it down several times and take breaks because it drained my emotion and left me with a profound sense of fatigue and sadness.