I think Høeg is a very talented writer, but this book didn't quite come together for him. Parts of the book, especially when Peter was creeping around the school at night to save his friend August, were tense in a beautifully quiet way and I was moved. Other parts were very abstract discussions on the nature of time, and while those could have balanced the immediate tension of children trying daily to survive in a totalitarian boarding school, they were too abstruse for me. In the end, I never did figure out the plot. After the major rescue operation, I skimmed over the last few chapters.
My expectations for this book were high because of how much I liked The Woman and the Ape. I'd try Høeg again, but I wouldn't recommend this book.