The book is worth a read, IMHO, if you like the genre of the likes of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and other cyperpunk and post-cyberpunk classics. It’s good, not great, though it was his debut book. The book takes on topics from identity and freedom to capitalist excess and power, while presenting a decent detective mystery. It also has a more UK bent in its outlook, which I like but isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It was more formative when it came out in 2002, and some of the tropes might feel more clichéd now since the genre kind of blew up in that decade.
I’d recommend anyone read the first few free pages on Amazon to get a feel for whether they’ll like his writing.
There is, fair warning, ample graphic violence. I’m hoping the Netflix series isn’t just going to boil it down to the action and leave out the philosophical aspects that make it worthwhile.