A book that shows the darkness in human nature, and how quickly everything you ever learned in "civilized" society can be thrown out the window if the opportunity arises.
I believe that the same situation could happen if they were adults, but they weren't, so it only assisted the eerie helplessness feeling that wafted throughout the book.
Interesting and ominous, I hold this book in the highest regard.
There's nothing to fear, but fear itself, and monsters, of course monsters. Oh yeah, and hierarchies, hierarchies most of all.