Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2011
This was my first encounter with Philip K. Dick, the prolific sci-fi writer. His writing is confident, straightforward, and manages to make the distant future recognizable and believable. I enjoyed the plot - it wove together a number of separate storylines and included a bit of mystery - but felt that at the end of the book the author was trying too hard to say "something important" about the nature of reality and eternity. The story wasn't strong enough to carry weighty philosophical ideas; it began to seem a bit far-fetched, but it did make me think.