This book was...weird, to say the least. It's set in the near-future, and the way American society has devolved in Shteyngart's dystopia was extremely disturbing. Politically the reality made sense to me, but there were other social developments that I couldn't initially accept, or didn't see the point of. I've been thinking a lot about the book since I finished it, and although the society is taken to certain extremes, it does make sense to me now.
The other thing is that the protagonist is EXTREMELY unlikable (I started to read another one of Shteyngart's novels a while ago and felt the same way, so maybe that's his thing?), and if you need to really relate to the main character, this novel might not be a good choice.