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*Starred Review* Naam, an expert in new technologies and author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement (2005), turns in a stellar performance with his debut sf novel. Nexus is a nanotechnology that allows human minds to link up. But rogue scientists are using it to turn ordinary people into killers (shades of Richard Condon’s classic novel The Manchurian Candidate). The American government recruits—in other words, blackmails—Kade Lane, a grad student who’s been known to tinker with Nexus, to get close to the suspected leader of the mind-control program. But, as Kade soon discovers, one man’s villain is another’s visionary, and he’s forced to choose sides in a hurry, before someone else decides he’s too dangerous to stay alive. Naam has set himself a difficult challenge here: he’s telling a story in which much of the action and dialogue takes place inside the characters’ minds. But he succeeds admirably: one scene, in particular, in which a character races to make changes to the Nexus system by reprogramming it inside his own head, is nail-bitingly tense, when it could easily have come off as preposterous. The dialogue might be a bit raw in places, and there might be a slight overuse of exclamation points, but those are minor rookie mistakes. What matters here is the remarkable scope of the story and its narrative power. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Winner of the Prometheus Award!
An NPR Best Book of 2013!
Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award
Shortlisted for the Kitschies Award
An NPR Best Book of 2013
"Good. Scary good."
"Provocative... A double-edged vision of the post-human."
- The Wall Street Journal
"A lightning bolt of a novel, with a sense of awe missing from a lot of current fiction."
- Ars Technica
"Starred Review. Naam turns in a stellar performance in his debut SF novel... What matters here is the remarkable scope and narrative power of the story."
"A superbly plotted high-tension technothriller ... full of delicious, thoughtful moral ambiguity ... a hell of a read."
- Cory Doctorow
"A gripping piece of near future speculation... all the grit and pace of the Bourne films."
- Alastair Reynolds, author of Revelation Space
"A sharp, chilling look at our likely future."
- Charles Stross, author of Singularity Sky and Halting State
"The most brilliant hard SF thriller I've read in years. Reminds me of Michael Crichton at his best."
- Brenda Cooper, author of The Creative Fire
"A rich cast of characters...the action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing."
- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
I've always loved William Gibson's cyberpunk books. But even the phrase "cyberpunk" has gotten dated...and as much as I love them, so have the books. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Bookwoody
I had just purchased my Paper white three and decided to start this book late one afternoon. Around lunch the following day I found myself still glued through the night and quickly... Read morePublished 1 day ago by dalton lowing
Brilliant story, built on very interesting concepts that was really captivating me!Published 3 days ago by !Xabbu
Interesting concept and scary idea of the near future. Not Cubs winning the world series scary version of the future, but more like terminator bad.Published 3 days ago by Ripken
Great read that touches on various subjects of technology, human rights and politics. The author includes an afterword section that lists current research programs that deal with... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Brock C.
I honestly didn't think I would like this book, but I was hooked by the first few pages. Suspenseful and thought provoking. Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys? Read morePublished 10 days ago by glibrary
The Nexus trilogy had me going for all three books. I loved the characters and most of the situations were very real. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Betty Monheit-Rodriguez
This might easily be the best book series i have ever read. Cannot recommend enough.Published 15 days ago by C. Schmidt