Okay, I'm finally facing reality: I'm not going to finish this. I tried to push my way through it, but the climax--the generally god-ridden apocalyptic climax, mind you--was so boring that I defected to other books. It's not a bad book, mind you; I just failed to connect with any of the characters. At this point, I'm still not motivated to pick it up and I'm beginning to forget plot details, so I think I'll reshelve this "to read" someday.
It's kindle-lendable, so PM me if you want to borrow it. Maybe if someone else enjoys it I'll regain my drive to read it.