While the book was intriguing in the concept, the execution was somewhat lacking. The story dragged on, and while mysterious, was not particularly engaging. I was not emotionally attached to any of the characters, and Virginia seemed rather flat and two dimmensional. I think the story would have moved along better if it had been shortened a bit; as it was, it was rather tedious to read. I liked the idea of the story, but it became monotonous and tiring after a while, especially as nothing ever seemed to actually happen. Altogether, it was an interesting idea, but needed some work.