This odd, sometimes absurd, always surprising effort from Willis is likely to confuse most—if not all—readers. The difficult-to-follow plot begins with Max, who is considering a medical procedure that involves cutting open his skull while he’s under local anesthesia. John has sex with a woman—their coupling is described as a “perpetual motion device made of meat”—that ends with a bed covered in blood. When John is next encountered, his friend Dick is telling him that asexual reproduction will soon be reality for humans—with dire consequences for the male of the species. Readers will find themselves asking, “What’s going on here?” Many will be unable to answer that question by the book’s end. And without fully developed characters with which to identify, most readers won’t stick around to sort out this bizarre narrative.