Title: Snow Crash
Author: Neal Stephenson
Published: June 1992 (re:print 2020)
Hello my fellow Bookworms and page turners,
After reading Jon Richers Auxillary: London 2039 I was itching to read a bit more cyberpunk, so I took a look around and a friend suggested that I have a look at ‘Snow Crash‘ by Neal Stephenson.
I went in with certain expectations and I have to say those were smashed, this was a very interesting and quick paced read. The book goes from cinematic action to humor to religious philosophy to computer hacking to extreme mafia-like violence, this book has it all!
The premise of the story follows Hiro, our main Protagonist who delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the vitual world (Metaverse) he’s a warrior prince.
I found that the world sculpted by Stephenson was very believable, and when I closed my eyes I could see its Tron-like neon lustre. Stephenson’s style of writing is somewhat complicated, its definitley not one to read when half-asleep before bed but it flows well and is enjoyable to read. I particularly loved the balance he found between seriousness and satire, because without the satire I feel the story would have taken itself too seriously and it would have ruined the feel of the book.
However dispite all this there is a big problem with this book, it does so well in its set up and story, but it all falls appart in the last 20%, like a drunken prom date, full of promise but a sorry ending.
I really liked the idea behind this book, but it left me feeling disapointed. However, I will still have a look at Stephensons other works, as from what little research I have done this is a lesser stone among diamonds.
.Until next time, read more books!