This novel was ahead of its time. MARTians is a good readalike comparison, although Woolston's work is darker. I thought Westerfeld's Uglies series was pretty good (not amazing), but easy to read and entertaining. I found this a little smarter, and...
- I loved the humour.
- I wish I had read it when it came out, I think I would have liked it a lot more then...but I was knee-deep in Uni lit. The consumerism analysis is good now, but I think I would have found it great then.
- There are some excellent ideas that reoccur in the story and some surprisingly well-executed tangents.
- The pacing was fairly steady until the climax, when I felt shortchanged. It wasn't a fizzle, but I felt like I wanted more.
- I didn't care enough about the peripheral characters; they felt like clutter. The main ones though? Good.