A world where people are cursed just by being told they've been cursed? That's quite grim. Eiland and Charon cross paths quite accidentally and it's this meeting that starts the young men on a journey together. While I found the story very well written with solid world building this was just a bit too melancholy for me to let myself sink into the prose. There was the agony of the curse, the constant barrage of hate and fear from other villagers plus the added angst from the boys being attracted to each other when their religion deemed it evil Really great characters and I liked the road trip aspect of it but it took a really long time for things to look brighter.