I read "Feathered" because I have enjoyed Kasischke\'s other novels and find her storytelling poetic and compelling. I have always enjoyed Kasischke\'s themes concerning the underlying danger of beauty, and the harm that inevitably comes when we, innocently or not, make the wrong choices. But I am especially drawn to "Feathered", particularly the redemption parable that plays out in the last part of the novel. Michelle\'s literal journey through the jungle of trauma\'s aftermath, and the healing she finally finds in the end, were unexpectedly thought-provoking and inspirational to me. "Feathered" is a wonderful book, as suspenseful and meaningful for the adult reader as the young adult one.