Because it was narrated by a five-year-old, Room didn't quite provide a full measure of the emotion and insight it had potential for. It could have been more powerful had the narrator been Ma or an older Jack, but the sense of wonder of a five-year-old boy is powerful in a level of its own. The driving elements of the plot receded considerably halfway through, so I had to be extremely patient to reach the ending, which was a fitting one, if not somewhat predictable. Nonetheless, I liked this novel enough. It's not undeserving, but I think that the hype about it may be a little too cranked up. But that's just me.