In general, I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire 2001 series of novels. Although written over a three-decade year period, the loose series holds up quite well, with each book being quasi-independent as technology and world events changed.
This novel follows Frank Poole as he “returns from the dead” and finds himself in the year 3001. While I first thought this would be a “fish out of water” story, I later found that this is yet another exploration of the monolith (“big dumb object”) and its impact on human evolution.
While the plot is loose (there is not a lot (or any) dramatic tension or conflict), the concepts and the characters’ observations were able to evoke that sense of wonder that I love from science fiction; it is my comfort food.