The pictures are absolutely amazing. I can't get over the movement and atmosphere they capture. It's reminiscent of science fiction, which is more than just the alienness of the insect world, or the made up species.
The writing was occasionally clever or poignant, but mostly it was a distraction from the gorgeous drawings. It seemed to come from a different world than the illustrations. I wasn't too excited about anthropomorphized insects, but by the end I decided it was quite well done.