Pretty light and fluffy. Airplane reading, quite literally. Crichton does delve pretty deep into aviation jargon, so the start of the book is satisfyingly crunchy and technical. But the characters come off too flat -- there's almost something pedagogical about it. I felt as though Crichton was trying to teach me why privatizing the commercial flight sector was a bad idea, and how it can only result in corner-cutting and danger to the flying public. The argument came off as a bit one-sided. It's true that the media is often sensational and hungry for simple explanations, but I'd like to believe it's not really as bad as the book makes it seem.
A nice, fun, quick read.