Holy fuck. Much like Warren Ellis's previous novel, [b:Crooked Little Vein|43717|Crooked Little Vein|Warren Ellis|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348078586s/43717.jpg|2640005]
, this grabbed me by the throat from the first chapter and didn't let go until the end. I read it in two sittings over the space of about twelve hours--it was so gripping that I could only force myself to put it down once. This is an author that can definitely do suspense well.
Still, there's something about it that's a bit flawed. The entire thing requires so much suspension of disbelief that it's ridiculous. The concept itself is completely absurd, the dialogue is always a little too clever, and the characters are so badass as to be comical. It's a thrilling read if you can just go along for the ride, but if you stop and think about it at any point it comes off as really contrived. Still, it was fun while it lasted!