Fantastic writing. Some of the passages in this book are stunningly lyrical.
But 4 stars instead of 5 because a) I thought the ending was very abrupt and very pat -- avoiding resolving almost ALL the reader's questions. When I realized how close I was to the end when some pretty major things still feel very much in medias res, I felt like I knew already that the ending wouldn't be very satisfying; b) sometimes the writing was beautiful and lyrical and stunning, but not to the point...there were a few places in the middle where you just sort of get lost in the descriptions before realizing there's no plot point attached to them.
And while I was certainly invested in most of the characters, I didn't outright fall head over heels for any of them.
A great book to pull passages from for teaching, however, ESPECIALLY when attempting to teach kids how to use and/or create metaphors without falling back on cliche. This is truly a tour de force when it comes to the CRAFT of descriptive language.