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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash

Why you should read this book:

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is incredibly complex, involving aspects of anthropology, linguistics, religion, philosophy, cryptography, science, politics, history, archaeology and memetics. Stephenson has built a futuristic world that is both fantastical and believable. A book for people who love the intricate workings of the human brain and the intersection between memetics and religion, this novel is gripping in its narrative. Readers will be hard-pressed to put it down as they work with the protagonist, Hiro, to solve the mystery of the snow crash virus and how it relates to Reverend Wayne’s Pearly Gates and the media magnate, L. Bob Rife.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • You don’t like complex narratives with lots of detailed information.
  • Science-fiction and speculative fiction aren’t your thing.
  • You prefer straight forward narratives.
  • You don’t understand modern technology.
  • You’re very religious.
  • The bizarre bothers you.

What Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is about:

Hiro is a pizza delivery driver who spends half his life in the Metaverse. The Metaverse is a virtual-reality based internet where people appear in the form of their avatars. For the most part, what happens in the Metaverse only affects a person’s avatar. That is until Snow Crash arrives. Snow Crash is a data file that when viewed in the Metaverse crashes your computer and damages your brain. In an effort to save his friends and his beloved Metaverse, Hiro embarks on a mission to figure out what Snow Crash is and where it came from before it does more damage.

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