I feel really bad giving this book 2 stars. Truthfully, it probably deserves at least 3 stars. Although I was able to get through it without too much pain, there were quite a few things that didn't appeal to me. The biggest problem I had was with the dialogue. It felt very stilted and forced. It seemed John had absolutely no social skills. Also, John seemed like a big wimp. Every time an authority figure showed face he practically cowered. There really didn't feel like much to admire in him. The storyline itself was just okay. There were some nice ideas, things I haven't read before, but overall it fell a little flat for me. I can, however, see how this would appeal to someone not of my temperament. Depending on my mood I may or may not pick up "Alyth" when it releases.