For one thing, this story manages to be touching and bleak without sliding into Dark Fic
terrirory too much. Not only does the writer portray Poland (and even Hungary and Lithuania) remarkably well, the students themselves
are also presented sympathetically even as they transform into Well Intentioned Extremists
and fail to
kill Poland. Which makes the leadup to the Bittersweet Ending
all the more painful. The couple live, but have ultimately become the very people they despised in the beginning of the story. While the Nation they've forsaken remains shaken.