I admit, the movie really ruined this for me! It's not that it wasn't well written, and it's not that it wasn't a wonderfully creative story, with a well built fantastical world. It's just...well, it wasn't the movie. (I missed Wybie...especially the other Wybie with his creepy smiling muteness).Now knowing that the movie was based on this novel, with really only that one character added and a few other things moved around a bit, I really should give this a much higher rating. But truly, I LOVE the movie, but the book, I just liked.