I think this was transitional. The author is moving from her Victorian Gemma Doyle trilogy, and approaching the epic modern awesome that is Beauty Queens. I would like to take this moment to give you your daily PSA about how if you haven't read Beauty Queens yet, you need to run right out and do it RIGHT NOW.Anyway, back to this book. It took me a little while to get into because Cameron is such a sad sack. Just negative and stuck in a rut. It takes a possibly hallucinated pink haired winged girl to kick his ass into a universe saving mission for him to at all get him off his mad-cow disease dying self-pity trip. He was on the self-pity train way before his diagnosis, by the way, and continues to ride it through much of the book, which made him hard to like at first.The book really comes together in the last third or so, and I did really love it. Quantum physics, Norse mythology, good stuff.