So, I'll admit, I've been skeptical about reading this. First, the book had little tiny samplers in Barnes and Noble, which seemed a bit pretentious to me. Then, he's (Rick Yancey) got about half a million reviews on the back (not that they aren't the exact same reviews as every other book, but still. And, to top it all off, this book is what I call a "tall" book, meaning that it's length is slightly taller than most. And usually, those books are reserved for J.K. Rowling types. Like I said, pretentious. As if he already knows how great his book is. Naturally, I had an aversion.