This was my first J.G. Ballard (though I have quite a few on my to-read list) and I enjoyed it, but didn't have the love for it that I thought I would. Maybe I just went into it with too-high expectations. I'm also writing this about a month after reading the novel and my memory of it has already faded a lot, so I don't think it impacted me as much as some other books have.
I did really enjoy the surreal, trippy quality of this. Even though I felt that various aspects of the decline of society were very far-fetched as I was reading it, I was able to suspend my disbelief and go along with the story. The comparisons to [b:Lord of the Flies|7624|Lord of the Flies|William Golding|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327869409s/7624.jpg|2766512]
are definitely apt.
In any case, I'll be picking up more of Ballard's work to see if I can connect to any of his other novels more.