I didn't particularly like this book and I'm not particularly interested in exploring why. It's a competent work and the reveal is heartbreaking and ratchets up the horror of the disaster that befalls Pi. I skimmed the final third. I think for me there was too much horror and too little of something I can't quite define. A firmer link between the parts of the story, perhaps? Or maybe I just don't have the desire to give the book the thinking it needs to reap its rewards? My advice is read other reviews before you decide not to read it based on this. I'm sure there's a reason it was very popular.