I'm glad I read this book. It was fun, it was relevant to the place I live and to my digital lifestyle. I find new technology very exciting, but I like that Eggers challenged whether or not certain aspects of our evolving digital lifestyles are positive by taking them to extremes in the laboratory of his novel, and exploring the outcome. The main character's conflicts and many aspects of the plot did a fantastic job of embodying the theme that Eggers wanted to explore. Unfortunately Eggers didn't always let his characters and conflicts speak for themselves. I felt like there were some exposition areas where we were hearing the author expound his opinions. I also felt that certain plot points tried so hard to express the theme that they lost touch with the characters and the story. For me the questions explored could have been managed in a less heavy-handed manner. That said, kudos for making the exploration, and overall a fun and engaging novel.