This was a YA book that didn't quite hit the mark for this not-so-Y-adult reader. The desert setting didn't appeal to me (a personal preference, I know). Much of the subject matter has been recycled from other, better books/films. I felt like it could have been half the length, and it seemed to ramble in places. The writing was clunkier than I expected, as the writer has won multiple Newbery Honors and usually books so honored are well written. Not sure what to make of it. It was a quick read, however.