The Doom Stone is one of the best thrillers ever written specifically for young adults. Zindel provides an exceptionally detailed background for the novel's monster, with good explanations of where it came from and how it evolved. These essential details add credibility to the events of the novel and heighten the narrative's tension because the monster is so realistically depicted as a horrible threat. The narrative is fast-paced, filled with suspenseful scenes that make The Doom Stone a gripping novel.

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