This was an unusual and entertaining story. I read it in one day and couldn't put it down. I liked the premise of inventing a system of divination just to show it can be done (and that people will buy into it). I found most of the main characters to be well developed and believable.
At times, the character of Peter exasperated me with his inaction and naivete. However, the behavior did rang true to his character. His social awkwardness and obliviousness in his relationships made him interesting and sometimes comical.
*Spoiler Alert* (sort of)
While I liked the character of Peter, I wanted to hate Jake, but just couldn't. The development of his character was so successful that even at the end of the book, I couldn't dislike him. That he remained a likable character right through to the end makes him all the more sinister.
I wonder if there is a sequel in the works because I can't believe a character would be allowed to simply walk away, especially after the smear campaign and threats. I guess I just want to see the little guy truly win in the end.