I'd been meaning to read this book for a while but knew that I'd need time set aside to devour it having read other reviews here.
It's rare that I read a work of fiction that has me snapping the pages shut, stamping around the floor mentally in frustration at the facts between the fiction, then delving straight back in to find out what happens next.
The characters are well written, in particular the emotions which drive each and every one of them.
As a reader, you're left wondering how much prescience is contained in this story. There's certainly enough research mixed in with the fiction to keep you thinking long after you've put the book down.
Somehow I think if something like this happened in real life, Barron wouldn't be the only one on the sidelines nodding and saying "See? I told you so."
In a word, superb.