Can't understand all the great reviews. It started out with promise, but soon became unbearably tedious and repetitve, with an unbelievably relentless amount of gratuitous violence. There is such poor character development anyway that it ultimately didn't matter. I skimmed over many pages just to finish, hoping for some small satisfying bit of redemption ...nope. I loved Stephen King 's The Stand. This novel is not worthy of the comparison.