Neuromancer (Sprawl #1)

Neuromancer

Summary:

The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace…

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employers crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, “Neuromancer” ranks with “1984” and “Brave New World” as one of the century's most potent visions of the future. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This is a book that certainly improves on reflection.  My initial reaction was irritation.  I don’t generally like books that give you zero explanation as to what’s going around the characters and this was definitely one of those books.  From the environment to the vocabulary, Gibson doesn’t explain very much visually (though I will grant it slightly improves towards the end).  I also can’t say that I particularly connected with the characters.  Any yet looking past that, I can see why this is a book that gets under people’s skin and sticks with them.  Twenty pages in, I was not very interested in the book, but halfway through I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  It just has a fantastic x-factor if you will.

Reading the book was like watching “The Matrix” for the first time or even “Swordfish”.  There’s action around the cyber-world that is irresistibly exciting and full of possibilities.  The other fun factor is if  you pay attention, REALLY pay attention, to what you’re reading there will be a lot of “OH, I GET IT” moments that keeps the book intriguing.  I would certainly only recommend the book to adults, but certainly a read that’s worth it for science fiction fans.

Warning: Contains drug use, sex and violence.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Science fiction fans, but NOT if you’re trying to get into the genre.

Want to read the whole series?

  • Count Zero (Sprawl #2)
  • Mona Lisa Overdrive (Sprawl #3)