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Series: Nexus #1
Author: Ramez Naam
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF/Cyberpunk Prequel
Pages: DNF @ 46%
Mankind is messing with their genes and dna and creating all sorts of miracles and monsters and possibly the next step in human evolution, the Post-Human.
One young genius and his friends have created a breakthrough using a nanobot type drug called Nexus5. The breakthough? Mind to Mind Contact…and Control.
Two main reason I didn’t get past the 46% mark.
First, the profanity. It was “fuck” that and “shit” this every other sentence after the first chapter or so. I don’t want to read that kind of language, as I do believe that what we expose ourselves to on a continual basis will change us in that direction.
Second, in the last couple of years the big bad bogeyman of the future is nano/bio/techno whatzuhazzits. Just like if you read Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, their stories are filled with either how wonderful Nuclear energy is and how every garbage disposal is a small nuclear reactor that powers your portable rocket pack OR how horrible it is and how mankind ends up destroying itself every time it is used. That is how I feel this story was. Horrible, terrible humanity destroying. So forget it.
One thing I did enjoy was how this is definitely Prequel Cyberpunk. Every wonder how societies like Snowcrash or Neuromancer came about? They didn’t pop into existence over night. This story explores a world on the brink, but instead of humanity using the tech, it is all about the tech using humanity. And I just don’t buy that. We don’t understand 1/100th of the awesome miracle known as the brain, so don’t tell me that some computer program is suddenly smarter. It might be able to do certain things more focusedly, [not sure that is even a real word, to be honest] but it will not have the depth, breadth and creativity of the Mind.
So there you have it. Good plot overall, good grammar and story editing, just hit me wrong and I didn’t like it. Maybe you will.