Daniel Suarez does not disappoint. Although this is my least favorite book of the 4 that he's written, it was still great. It contains less futuristic / rampant AI type concepts and focuses more on the present day technologies with a militaristic type focus, which is fine. The narration is top notch - my absolute favorite part is when Jeff sings the christian music that is on the radio - that was a real laugh out loud moment and may be my favorite part of the book because of it!
It was exciting all the way through, the characterization was great and the story and climax were fantastic.
Nexus and the sequel Crux are simply phenomenal. I need to go back and re-read both of these books in preparation for the third in the trilogy - due out in October.
Ramez Naam executes on mind bending concepts perfectly. Some of this stuff is really 'out there' but he frames it properly and grounds it in rational reality so it is a completely believable vision of the near future. These two books are by far the best I have ever read. Keep an open mind and prepare it to be blown!
First of all, the performance was top-notch. This one male voice actor does many different ages/genders voices very well.
I'm not sure how this book has so many great reviews though - the story was pretty boring - I drudged through the book and was never excited or cared in the least.
One of the most annoying aspects of the book is how ridiculously far fetched some of it is - not founded in rational science at all. For example (no spoilers don't worry) but these kids are somehow able to build this super complex, ground-breaking physics type device in their garage? For $2000?!? OK Lets assume for a moment that they're geniuses and understand quantum physics like nobody has ever before - I can buy that - but the type of precision machined components and exotic materials that would be required to create this device would cost millions of dollars! You can just make this type of stuff out of duct tape! That is just one small example of the ridiculous leaps that the author makes. Many parts of this book are just completely irrational in that way.
Also, the characters are very strange. I agree with some of the other reviews in that "teenagers don't act/think like this" At one point the main character is eating cereal and watching cartoon network, but in the next scene they're thinking and talking with the wisdom and knowledge of a much much older person. It's hard to explain, but the cartoons/cereal do not jive with some of the stuff these kids do or say.
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