I was expecting a post apocalyptic virtual reality story. this was roughly that. very roughly. the story jumped around a lot. It assumed relationships between characters that had no basis in story. there was immediate trust between complete strangers in a world that is supposed to be completely untrustworthy.
The author takes many shortcuts in writing about important events as though they happened without providing any details of the events.
in the end the books seems to be very disjointed and I couldn't wait for it to be over. the only reason I finished it was because I spent real money on it.
I've listened to this book a few times and it just gets better with each listen. The characters are engaging and the story line is complex and captivating.
Disclaimer: I've plowed through several of Stepheson's epics (Cryptonomicon and Seveneves among them) and have developed a taste for his maximalist style. With him, more is more. If you enjoy Steinbeckian sparseness, this book is not for you. That being said:
I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Stephenson does speculative fiction right. The aptly-named Hiro Protagonist might be somewhat lacking in the personality department, but Y.T. and a host of other interesting secondary characters more than make up for it. I am a staunch lover of sword-and-sorcery, yet somehow felt right at home in this near-future-post-cyberpunk brand of sci-fi. I totally recommend it. It's a blast.
This book is fantastic. Always keeps you on your toes with all the action but pulls on the heart strings a little on the way. You name it, this book has it.
I expected more. Was told this was a classic. The recording is poor. Variable sounds and sound bytes. The storey is dated.