I read this a while back, actually a very long while, but a recent read reminded me of it. Here's the thing about this book. The concept? Genius. Half the people disappear, leaving everyone else wondering what happened. But the people that got left? I didn't like them. Couldn't stand them. Of course the writing is terrific, etc. etc. , but it's tough to like a book when you can't stand the people that the book is about.