This has to be one of my favorite books. Jeff Strand is able to embody so much in these characters. A lot of reviewers said that this book is very emotional and that you start to like the monster. And now I understand them. This story,in parts, reminded me of a crazy version of Where the Wild Things Are, especially during the part Owen and Toby stay with Brutus,Esmeralda, and Scruffer. Yes this may sound like a stupid thing to say but that is how it felt. This book was very emotional as I said before. It brought out so many emotions: suspense, sadness, fright. But these emotions are what truly shaped the Owen and Toby's journey. This is the closest you can get to a perfect, five star book.