Not as gripping as the blurb would have it. The book would have benefited greatly from a savage editing. People too stupid to pound sand somehow come to possess great power, and unbridled corporate greed has ruined the world. Alongside this is astonishing progress in science, as well as astonishing blunders that threaten the universe. It's like a Steven Seagal "bad company" movie without the humor. Really savage gore interspersed with high-school level insight into human motivations.
Oh, and the part where the universe is in danger? Everyone pretty much ignores this until they get their ducks in a row.