Contrary to expectations, no.
There seems to be nothing new in the book, but the heroes are so rejected that they are damn interesting to watch. Moreover, their actions, at times, are sufficiently justified.
The time spent is not at all a pity.
I walked for half a day thinking and in shock, and then I burst into laughter. I took "The Aspen Factory" as a dark grotesque satire on the eternal "he is not to blame, society is such, childhood is bad." A bunch of funny (just deliberately funny - rubbed his noses with his brother and hello, wanted to burn out - drowned, a girl in flight - only flowers as a keepsake - pure Marquez, another one rattled, eternal "hot dogs" brother) deaths and only because of that that, obviously, an educated person confused a mountain with a pit. Now for me it's like The Simpsons, only in literature.
The book's denouement shocked me greatly. I thought about her for almost a month, because I have something to do. Before the "Aspen Factory" I read "A Clockwork Orange", but it faded before her. More of the unrealistic blackness of what is happening, which are spelled out an order of magnitude more interesting, in my humble opinion.