Maybe I just didn't empathize enough with any of the characters in the Mars trilogy to care that much what happened to them or to make me want to know more about them. This is the first book in a long time that I've given up on. The first part seemed like a "Readers Digest" version of the first Mars book; what I thumbed through of the rest struck me as the writer's equivalent of an artist's sketch pad. If you're an aspiring writer, or you want to know what ideas the author toyed with before writing the books, I suppose it would be interesting. Beyond that, it did nothing for me.