The big plot revolves around how deeply flawed humans are and what happens when they are left to the bare bones. Will the characters reach to higher levels of civility, surrender to the unseen supernatural, or dwindle to the worst aspects of their carnal thoughts?
The characters are the best part of this book. While the story and pacing are on par, the characters are so well written that it's a world I'd like to return to in a sequel (if at all possible)
There is the heavy aspect of God and our relationship with him. This adds to a full flavor on goodness from Healy.