I wavered for awhile between three and four stars. There were parts of this I liked a lot, the world they moved through with elements from current politics, folklore, myth, history mixed together to make an imagined future Africa;that was pretty fascinating. There were some terrific and weird characters too. I ended up on three stars though because although the world was fascinating the plot was a bit static. The kids would have a burst of activity and escape or get lost or get stolen and then they'd just settle down in a new neighborhood with a new set of captors for another month or two, then suddenly it would happen again and they'd be in a new place where they'd settle down. Felt like big sections of the plot were just a way to see all these different neighborhoods and meet all these different people. Interesting neighborhoods and interesting people, but still.