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- Print Length: 261 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453885412
- Publication Date: December 9, 2007
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001W6Q61S
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,140,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Aside from the title (which, seriously, how the hell would you pronounce that?), I really loved this book once I got going with it. The characters are beautifully drawn, if slightly annoying sometimes with their obsessions, and the representation of what life could be like a few years from now is eerie and resonant. The novel gets slightly repetitive in places, with X constantly revisiting and reliving scenes of his time with C, but that seems to be a deliberate choice on the part of the author. With our entire lives available for replay, it's easy to fall into a loop, living in the past. I also had a slight issue with how quickly everyone falls into obsessive, "I would die for you" love, but they are all teenagers, so I guess it's not that strange.
One thing I did dislike is that one of the main characters, typically represented as a good guy, gets disturbingly rapey at one point. It's never addressed afterwards, and there are no consequences for him. I know that that's how things often play out in real life, but I feel like the author could have taken a stronger stance against it.
I read this after Veneer, a novel by the same author, and when I realized it partway through my enjoyment of it definitely increased. If possible, I definitely recommend reading Veneer first, even though this comes earlier chronologically.
I didn't mind the poor grammar when the characters were speaking, because that's the way people talk, especially just coming out of high school/college, but I did mind it in descriptive passages.
One constant annoyance: the author uses the wrong word. "Tact" instead of "tack" or "tacky"; "chord" instead of "cord"; "mantle" instead of "mantel". Though they're homonyms, each has a very different meaning. Then there's "nauseous" which is misspelled throughout as "nauseas". And other words where I can guess what the author meant to use, but he used the wrong one.
But don't let those errors stop you from reading this book. If you're into tech stuff and active on the Net, you'll love it. I hereby offer to proofread his next one, if the author would like the help.
While the plot and story were interesting albeit amateurish (definitely to be expected with a very early work like this); I definitely enjoyed the way the characters and the world were brought to life. I could see the imagery playing out as if it were a "birth of the internet" era cyber-thriller blockbuster a la "The Matrix" or "Johnny Mnumonic". It brought back fond memory of the younger me's interest in cyber-punk novels and my time playing Netrunner.
I'm looking forward to starting the next one.