I chose this because of the mostly great Amazon reviews and the fact that it was an alternate reality story, which I can't resist. I wish I'd read the bad reviews here. This author had too many ideas crammed into one novel. It was so poorly edited, and as other reviewers here pointed out, the anti-hero was whiney, tiresome, and puerile. I stayed with it because I was reading it out loud to someone and we were too curious to see how he was going to wrap up all the elements he introduced. It was awful. If the author had picked a few of the threads here and spent enough time writing it, thinking it through, it could have been fun.