Snow CrashSnow Crash by Neal Stephenson

I gave this book 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads

Based around two main characters and a revolving cast of supporting folk, you get a cautionary tale about…everything. The environment, disenfranchised youth, pizza delivery, religion, technology, nautical life, government, racial and cultural prejudice,  courier service, family. This story spins  current culture out to an extreme, but frighteningly plausible, future. In spite of how much is packed in there, it never feels rushed or cluttered, though the author sometimes takes long side-trips that abruptly end back in the main story and it can take a little time to readjust.The tone and texture of the book change dramatically from the beginning to the end but it doesn’t impact the trajectory of the book overall.

It isn’t hard to see why this story is considered one of the best modern sci-fi books.  There is no explicit statement about why this world is as it is, you’re left to come to your own conclusions about how our current world leads to this one, with only small hints as to the major defining factors. This is exactly what I look for in any sci-fi or fantasy story. It shows confidence in the world that’s been created and I am just along for the ride. I am unsure how I feel about the ending. Maybe that’s the point, but I need to time to think about it.

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