Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place. In the USA, the freedom fighters of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. The first blows in the war between human and post-human have been struck.
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I enjoyed the first book. Nexus was Naam's first novel, so there was an energy there and I liked it. This book just turned me off. Overwritten, seemed a bit rushed (on the editing) and just kind of beat you over the head. I couldn't finish it and will return this if I can.
The performance of Mikael Naramore is a bit over the top too. The screams...ohh, the screams.
The story became a series of action sequences and with rather implausable abrupt and unsatisfying end. I really wish I'd just stuck to having read the first book. The narrator here was also lacking giveing stilted odd sccents to characters we already kniw and doing a really poor job with the screams and groans of female characters.
The story setting after Nexus felt familiar and the excitement of the discovery was replaced by gruelling scenes of torture and action. If the first book was interesting with its mix of Buddhist philosophy and neuroscience, the second was repetitive without adding much to the world it had built.
Maybe what turned me off was that this was aimed at a younger audience than myself, probably at teenagers or science fiction enthusiasts in their early twenties.
In any case, even if the performance was generally of good quality, what I enjoyed the most was the unintentionally hilarious accent of the various protagonists.
Not a bad book, just not quite for me.
Exciting, mindstretching, humanitarian
Feng - likeable in a normal way... self depreciating with no ideological agenda
Nice mellow voice
This book made me think about issues that I hadn't thought about much before.
the book was a good antidote against self righteousness, hubris and intolerance
I found myself a little bored at times with this and nexus. there is definitely the set up for a third book, but I'm not sure I will listen to it. there were great parts to this book, but there was a lot of flat and boring parts too. I thought this was going to be a book that I enjoyed re-listening to, but I won't be.
nonetheless, it is a very interesting concept.
The theme of this book is very relevant. We are rapidly approaching a time when technology will penetrate our physical defenses. You actually see stories in the news now about sending thoughts across country via the internet. Well this book rightly points out the downside potential. Namely, the id (as in the movie Forbidden Planet). But the author get's so wrapped up in describing act of cruelty, that I couldn't recommend this book. For as I'm concerned, he wasted a good opportunity.
Great pacing! In this story, the MacGuffin keeps everybody running from the start. At no point was there a long drawn out explanation of the technology being used. He tells you what you need to know, then keeps the story moving. It does kinda leave you with a Empire Strike Back ending. Now I have to wait for the next one!
Im not really good at reviews but I can say a few things. The story blended well with the first book, and took turns that I didn't expect. I was excited to read this and I was happy that I did. Its nice to read a story with such complicated ideas in it. I patiently wait for more from this author.
Loved it. Intense. Almost non-stop action and fight scenes. Great characters. An imagination that most be genius. A future conflict betweens humans and transhumance that will happen if the human race survives long enough. Loved it. Can't wait till next part.
There was too much violence and too many gruesome details of torture and death.
Robert J Sawyer is a much more pleasant read.
I had to find something happy to read every time I put that book down.
"The second season of a TV Show that lost its way"
I'd enjoyed Nexus enough to give in to the hanging ending and pick up Crux. Some of the pace and imagination had gone. I'm going out on a limb in terms of cultural references here but it felt like the second season of Heroes. The first book had genuinely interesting characters but this tends to fall back on shifting the action to some worn and predictable stereotypes.
"Now that's how you write a techno thriller"
Love every minute of this book. Just downloaded the third and final installment to my Kindle. Unfortunately there is no audio book version of the third book.
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