This book is completely amazing - when you get to the end. Up until the end, it is simply an adventure story of mediocre merit - but then, you get to the end and WHAM! You suddenly realize that the author has had you in the palm of his hand this whole time. It gave me the shivers. This is the book to give to someone who thinks that reading is a passive activity, heh heh heh. This is also the book to give to someone who doesn't think that a reader can be manipulated by an author - it points out how much power an author has over a reader.
It is gruesome in places - you can skip over the most gruesome passages, but hang in there until the end. It's a real treat to actually *feel* the switcheroo that will happen in your brain. It's as close to a physical experience I've ever had with a book.