This was one beautiful YA story.
Mute teenager Skylar starts his new life in the Nettlebush reserve and had top gave not only a difficult past, but very recent events, fears and yes, somewhat typical and atypical teenage and coming-of-age problems.
The story is beautifully written, with a lot of sensitivity and a great sense for atmosphere. These characters probably couldn't be father away from me personally -a white, talking, adult European female -but I still felt for them, understood them und suffered with them. I loved it -almost all of it and would recommend it to almost anyone.
I only had one little niggle: The sexual aspect of the developing relationship. I don't need seedy in my books. Especially not in YA novels. On the other hand it's surreal to tell the story of two teenage boys getting to know each other, exploring their attraction to each other, kissing, falling in love with each other without no reaction whatsoever down there. Like I said, I don't need a sex scene, I don't needed explicit descriptions. Heck,I don't even need all the words. But something would have been nice. Just to make it feel perfectly real and just that tiny little bit better. But that's just my minor issue, and it was inconsequential to my rating in the end.