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Nexus: Nexus Arc Book 1 por Ramez Naam
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Nexus: Nexus Arc Book 1 (edição 2012)

por Ramez Naam (Autor), Argh! Oxford (Ilustrador)

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In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link human together, mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it. When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he's thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage -- for there is far more at stake than anyone realizes.… (mais)
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Título:Nexus: Nexus Arc Book 1
Autores:Ramez Naam (Autor)
Outros autores:Argh! Oxford (Ilustrador)
Informação:Angry Robot (2012), 464 pages
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Nexus por Ramez Naam (Author)

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3.5 stars!

This is a book I've owned for forever and I am glad I finally got to it. This book is a near-future sci-fi cyberpunk type story. I have a hard time occasionally with these type of stories because I have my own strong opinions about experimental and future tech and the ramifications of this tech. Facebook's motto used to be "move fast and break things" and they did help with breaking lots of things, including possibly privacy and democracy. This did come into conflict for me with this book. I am not sold on the solution the hero comes up with. What I did like was the complex moral scenario the authors sets up and his ability to provide different perspectives on what should happen in a way that allows the reader to try to answer it for themselves.

I liked the characters fine but they did take a back seat for me. The characters were put in some harrowing situations and I could never bring myself to really care if they made it or not. This did lessen the emotional impact of certain scenes and I do wish I had connected more to the characters. I also felt like I never really understood what made Kade so specially. Like, obviously he is super smart and has created this new tech but it seems like there are a couple of scientists working on it but a bunch of people putting themselves in danger to protect Kade. There are other characters like Sam that I wanted to connect to but couldn't really. She has an interesting back story and motivation but I just never really cared about her. The characters are good vehicles for the story but didn't stand out to me.

I think I probably will continue on with this series at some point. The writing is good and it is very thought provoking. I'm glad I finally picked this one up and if you like fiction about the possibilities of tech in the near future, I would recommend this. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
It's been a while since I've read near future science fiction that wasn't overly apocalyptic. This was a good re-introduction thereto.

Basically, we're a few decades in the future. Genemods and other biotechnology are known and not entirely uncommon. I'm not sure such technology will actually be available in only 25 years, but it would be interesting to live in a world where such things have come to be.

The technology at the core of the story is Nexus: a nanotech drug that allows brain to brain communication. Even further, the main character has figured out how to run an OS on it. You're basically installing a new OS and code directly on your brain. That sounds at once really cool and terrifying to me. Especially since I do believe that this is in our future, whether or not it comes about via something like Nexus. It's only a matter of time.

Beyond that, I found the characters in general interesting. Seeing Kaden Lane's thought process as he came up against radically different government philosophies and ended up in situations well out of his depth was interesting. Su-Yong Shu as an early posthuman seemed at once just human and alien enough to be believable.

As both a positive and negative, there are a lot of frantic action scenes, particularly in the latter half of the book. They're well written and driving but got right on the edge of action fatigue by the end.

Overall, great book. Among the best cyberpunkish / near future sci fi I've ever read. Big world building cliff hanger right at the end. Definitely going to read the sequel(s). ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Ok, to start with the obvious: the author should have been told that tacking on a 5 minute lecture on the dangers of fascism as an epilogue is a terrible idea. Once again, I blame the editor. After a largely show me, don't tell me book, why, oh why would you add this in?

But over the years I've noticed that libertarians can't resist a good preach when they get a chance and audience. And make no mistake about it while the ideas in this book are fun and the concepts are fresh, the setting is, erm, old. Big government struggling against big government and our little libertarian-leaning hero in a moral dilemma in which he has to decide whether to release all this new tech gunpowder out into the world.

There are pretty standard techno-thriller troupes and scenes here. Nothing particularly new, but the characters are believably drawn with actual moral dilemmas that they struggle with. Not to say there is ever a chance they will do anything but what the action sequences say they will, but at least they are internally struggling with it.

Not that its a bad book, it's a joy to read a techno thriller by someone who actually understands the mechanics of creating tech- at least programming. I'm pretty certain all the nano and bio tech are just hand waving. But the descriptions of what it is like to program were pretty spot on. I was cracking up when I hit a part where they have to hack the dates on the source control entries and log messages! As a software guy, I can tell you that at least that part was very realistic.

So overall a pretty good book. A quick read so if you don't like it, at least you haven't lost much time. I almost certainly won't go for the second one coming out because there just wasn't enough new about his to make it rise above its tired setting.
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  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
Great book. Highly recommended. ( )
  HiroP | Jan 22, 2021 |
Pretty solid science fiction book. A quick read and very readable and also a quite good story overall. ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
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In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link human together, mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And there are others who just want to exploit it. When a young scientist is caught improving Nexus, he's thrust over his head into a world of danger and international espionage -- for there is far more at stake than anyone realizes.

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