This seems like exactly the kind of book that should entice me: techno-utopian, with a protagonist very similar to myself, from an author whose previous works I've enjoyed.
It's just... I don't know. I got a bad vibe from the initial synopsis, and now, reading this first chapter... I just have no urge to read Chapter Two. I can generally overlook the little things that would otherwise bother me in a good story, but, and I don't know if I'm noticing just because I'm not invested enough to overlook them, there are a lot of little things already (to pick the most obvious: either Hubert Etc. is lying to his friend about how much money he has, or the purchasing power of a few million dollars is both in a very small, specific range --- where it would be enough to be a meaningful contribution to the Communist party , but not enough to buy two beers --- and being needlessly obfuscated).
I think I'll borrow a library copy, but this one (unlike, say, Vallista when it comes out) will have to earn its place onto my bookshelf.