Did you ever get the feeling that the book you picked up was part of a bigger thing of which you have missed almost everything because you feel confused while you read it? This is what happened to me with the De Novo Syndrome. I felt like I was missing something: some part of information, a few pieces of the puzzle. While the story is engaging and the characters are well-written, I did find myself confused way more than I would have liked. During many conversations it wasn't clear right away who said what. Or maybe I was just being dense. The writing itself was not bad, but I must admit that it used way too many participles for my taste. I felt, that this was overdone a bit. Other than that, I did enjoy the story.Btw, the cover of the book reminded me of my two favorite things: a young Luke Skywalker (at first glance, I mean look at him!), and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files (same font, and similarity in name).