It works more as a slice-of-life story in a science fiction setting than anything else. I was hoping for a bit of something different, but you can't always get what you want.
The setting was interesting, and the characters weren't bad... But the setting description and story itself was dissatisfying. It's written with 1985 as present-day (originally published in 1977, I believe), and the setting isn't explored so much as three characters, alternating between two protagonists: Julia Stetton, a young scientist, and David Harkman, a middle aged scientist. The third is Julia's antagonist, or David's competition for Julia. I didn't really like or relate to any of the characters, and while Paul Mason (the antagonist) is repulsive... That was simply it. Julia struggles against him to build herself a new life, and that's really what this story is about: does she succeed, or not?