Solaris has been on my reading list for a long time. I had high expectations, and the book does not disappoint. To get that, you will need to put the novel in its right context. Reading or watching science fiction for the past decades is going to spoil plot twists. While reading Solaris I reviewed past reads and movies and realized how much Stanisław Lem influenced them.
Technology is everywhere and suffers a strong case of ‘future in the past’. “That was here too, though not in printed form—it was buried in one of the microfilm capsules.” is just an example. This does not harm the immersion into the Solaris universe but helps as a reminder of the period that it was written.
The Ocean descriptions have an important atmospheric role to set the mood of the novel. But they can get too long and difficult to visualize. Meanwhile, the dialogues and events concerning the main characters are clearly laid out.
I felt being part of an alien encounter as mysterious, interesting and frightening as it may be. I will recommend this book as much for the story as for its significance in the world of science fiction.