This odd little book is often referred to as a YA novel. Yet I think it is more of an adult book that is immensely suitable for teens. It is a bit scary yet quite beautiful in its eeriness. The photographs, which are surprisingly not originally created for the book but are vintage photographs collected over time, grace the prose well and add to the atmosphere of the story. Unfortunately my usual objection to series books that are not marked at being the first of a series fits here and brings the rating down slightly. Yet this is the type of novel that could easily be considered a future classic. It explores a number of universal fears in people especially adolescents such as the fear of being unique and the fear of showing our uniqueness to the world. For we are all unique in some way and that is often what torments us the most. Four and a half stars.