Very interesting, very different. Eery, scientific, technical and definitely other-wordly. It was quite stark and bleak. I stopped reading it and only finished it about 6 months later. But looking back on it, I remember just being transported to this new, crazily different and out-there place. It was like nothing I've read before. John did nothing to make anything in the novel relatable or normal, and I liked that, it was something SO different from anything else, so strange and fascinating! My advice is to read it, just to broaden your horizon or something, I don't know. But it's definitely something 'other'.