Slightly disconcerting as I expected the book's setting, language and assumptions to be more familiar than they were. But I wasn't a teenager in the early Nineties in rural Victoria, so it's not that surprising. It was slow to start and I never warmed to the narrator, though Marsden does a fair enough job of showing her conflicts and her quick thinking heroism. It's wasn't difficult to believe these kids achieved what they did. I loved the concept of the book but sometimes it felt a bit built by numbers. If I'd been 13 or 14 when I first read it, however, I think I would have loved it to pieces.