In this satirical exaggeration of our world, it is interesting to see what a ten-year-old prediction of our future is like compared to our real world. While this over exaggeration can become annoying as there is no depth to the majority of the characters (though this was by design) and the cheap punches at society grate after a while.
When it comes to the plot, there is something there that speaks to my mind, as it promotes a more private and introspective life than the flashy outward facing one displayed in this world. When I first read this book, this seemed like an idea that not many had come across, however as society has grown through the social media era, the desire for privacy and doing the bare minimum of social interaction is not an uncommon thing anymore.
The characters in this are very shallow, as I mentioned earlier, but seem to lack any distinction between them. It is only their absurd names that allow the reader to track these side characters and the sheer abundance of unimportant people make the story feel unnecessarily cluttered. The main cast, however, do seem to have a little more depth, though some of them seem to have little more depth than the plot requires.
Overall, my fondness and rating from this book comes from past readings and not from my recent reading.