I really enjoyed this story. I walked in expecting a remake of Lord of the Flies, and though there were some similarities (and many heavy nods to that story), this novel holds its own as a unique plot.
My favorite thing was that the author managed to show the children as having an irreverence and almost apathy towards life and death, while simultaneously highlighting that this wasn’t a portrait of humanity’s innate evil or cruelty.
This book was very well-written, but it felt like a prologue for a series rather than a standalone novel. I don’t like that the end jumped to everyone being an adult, I think at the very least the author should have continued the story as the children grew up. Watching them develop into adults would have been fascinating, but cutting things off where the author did just felt almost like an “it was all a dream” ending.