This book broke my heart a little bit. I should admit now, right up front, that stories about planetary destruction freak me out. I find nothing scarier than being trapped on spaceship Earth with nowhere to run. So yes, this book scared me. It scared me a lot. Yet this book wasn't about fear, it was about loss. One thing at a time, each lovingly eulogized. It was such a beautiful exploration of growing up, the passage of time, and of our world. Make no mistake, this is a book about the end of the world, but it's so much more complex than that. I loved the writing style and the themes at work. I loved this portrait of our way of life, our planet, and childhood. My only wish was for a fuller ending - it was satisfying but I wanted a bit more.