I really, really wanted to like this book. I've read great review after great review. I finally sat down with it after it won the Printz Award. For me, the good times ended after the first chapter. It was the highlight of the book for me. After that it was a cliff dive into boredom. I didn't care about any of the characters. I didn't really like Cameron or Gonzo. I didn't really care if Cameron lived or died and I didn't really want to be dragged along on his "journey."I did appreciate the ending of the book, however. It almost made the previous 475 pages worth my time. And Libba Bray is an excellent writer. I can't say I didn't like the book because of shoddy writing skills. The premise of the story sounded so cool, too. I just wish I could have liked this book. I stuck out the entire 480 pages because I wanted to find something that could make me like it. Balder was about as close as I got. He was pretty cool and funny. Oh well, at least I'm done now and can move on to something that will hopefully be a little better.Also, just because I didn't like this doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend it to others. It was a neat idea and well written...it just wasn't for me.