I came home and immediately started reading it and didn't stop (well, except for family dinner and things like that) until I had found out how it ended. I simply could not put it down.
The novel also addresses the ability most of us have to adapt and quickly become used to situations that seem unbearably foreign and uncomfortable at the outset. How quickly some of us get used to things that we could never have imagined before they actually take place. As Julia says: "With a little persuasion, any familiar thing can turn abnormal in the mind."
This book has the undertone of a thriller, and the feel of science fiction, but the carefully wrought realism of a modern coming-of-age story. It was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed it.