Kulikov's illustrations show a cinematic talent for laying out the scenes using techniques like the odd camera angle and the montage. Visually this book is very interesting because of the variety of work he does with these techniques page to page.
Fern's story is engaging. She tells in her end notes which elements she had to fictionalize, and which came from sources. Between Fern, her editors, and the designer, they decided to put the outside sources on the very end sheet, pasted to the cover board--ingenious solution! This enabled her to provide the source for all the journal entries and letters she used as primary sources (and which are featured on the front end sheets). I started out rating this book a 3, but I think that solution alone brings some quality into the book that I value.