I found that even though the beginning was slow, if you paid attention you'd realize there is a purpose to all the time the author took to drop hints to give us a little foresight to the ending. Very fascinating once everything is tied up. I've been reading lower level books that didn't have the right feel to them and felt a little like they'd been rushed to get to the climax where everything happens so their A.D.D. readers don't get bored.
So if you're about to read this book, remember, every single thing that's said or that plays out has a meaning and if you pay attention to them, the ending, and the "boring" parts, will be much more enjoyable.
Kind of wish I could revise the endings just a little bit, but besides that, an interesting story
My little sister couldn't even get through this thing because it was so boring. I skipped this book, went straight to the next one, and didn't miss a thing
I liked the story, but was kind of disappointed that certain aspects of the story was wanting of a lot of development. Maybe it would have slowed the pace down, but at least we would have been able to understand the characters in a more three dimensional perspective
Margaret Peterson Haddix was great for me when I read her books in middle school, but it seems that I have grown out of her writing style. It's too bad :(