New York Times: "destined to be a canonical novel of its time... This book expresses the conviction that we live in perilous, creepy times. We toy recklessly with brand-new capacities for ruination. We bring the most human impulses to the least human means of expressing them, and we may not see the damage we do until it becomes irrevocable. Mr. Banks, whose great works resonate with such heart and soul, brings his full narrative powers to bear on illuminating this still largely unexplored new terrain."
Washington Post: "ambitious and often compelling — a book that works with important ideas about the way we’re reshaping our lives in the Internet age, while being reshaped ourselves, spiritually, sexually."
NPR: "If you're going to read it, you're the one who will have to "cross over" to Banks' world, and it ain't very pretty on his side of the social divide."