The descriptions on the back of this book include blurbs from starred reviews. Those words are:
All the marks of a classic
I could leave it at that and it would be accurate.
I could compare this to Lord of the Flies. Also accurate.
Like Battle Royale? This book is for you.
I have never read a middle grade book and thought: Fuck. But that was my response to this book. It is simply a brutal look at finding meaning. A must read.