War wears people down and strips away the spirit of life. But this book is not merely about the cruelty of war and hatred, it bellows the defiance against hopelessness and the worthiness of life and goodness.
One of my favorite quotes in the book: Dragan realized "He's been asleep since the war began. He know this now. In defending himself from death he lost his grip of life." "Civilization isn't a thing that you build and then there it is, you have it forever. It needs to be built constantly, recreated daily. It vanishes far more quickly than he ever would have thought possible. And if he wishes to live, he must do what he can to prevent the world he wants to live in from fading away. As long as there's war, life is a preventative measure."