Author: Ramez Naam
Format: Print ARC
Length: 464 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot
Mankind gets an upgrade
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.
From the halls of academe to the halls of power, from the headquarters of an elite US agency in Washington DC to a secret lab beneath a top university in Shanghai, from the underground parties of San Francisco to the illegal biotech markets of Bangkok, from an international neuroscience conference to a remote monastery in the mountains of Thailand – Nexus is a thrill ride through a future on the brink of explosion. -Goodreads
Kade Lane has improved the Nexus technology. He is fully aware that this technology can change the world overnight. He is also becoming aware that the tech that he has created could cost him his life.
This is the first techno-thriller that I have ever come across in the New Adult drama. The main players in this book are Kade and his friends, who are effectually the next great minds in nanotech.
The thing that makes this book such an easy read is the fact that though Kade and his friends are very intelligent; they approach this new technology with very naive and altruistic ideals. (Cue the creepy spy music, there are people watching.)
Readers are clued into the "eyes" that are following Kade and his friends long before they make themselves plain to the group, which makes readers both curious as to what will happen and protective of the obvious "sitting ducks".
Things just go from bad to worse for Kade after he and his friends become aware of the war that is being fought for control of Nexus 5 between the US government and secret agencies and factions as far away as Shanghai.
One is never quite sure who the good guys are in this and the web of intrigue, lies, secrets and tech just gets more complex as the story goes on.
The writing style is one that very precise; providing you with a very clear snapshot of happenings without unnecessary explanation. This writing style is perfect for the nonstop action and minute to minute plot twists found here.
This book is the perfect blend of "The Matrix" and "War Games" without the flying.This subject matter and questions raised within this story are far more than just entertainment. With technology advancing as such a face pace; the fact is that we as a people are not far from tech like this being a reality.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever sat in from of the glow of their computer screen and wondered "what if"...