I've read these books out of order and enjoyed the series premise. This one is not my favorite. All the pop culture references, not a fav of mine under any circumstances, are distracting. I'd rather an author describe something for me independently than utilizing the crutch of comparison. While the sociopolitical elements are nice, the situation with one of the characters is a bit sad and just felt odd. Two brothers, one finds companionship after twenty years and the other is despondent. The pity fuck that ensues is titillating, but depressing at the same time.