By Neal Stephenson
Review By Jacob PelleyBook Blurb In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosaNostra Pizza, Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately.
SettingIn the world that never left the radical times of the late 80’s comes the book Snow Crash. A cyberpunk future where if you have the cash you can own the world or at least the Metaverse. The corporate monopolies have never been broken up and the mafia well fuhgeddaboudit. The united states exists as a libatrains dream. Suburbs are their own nations states and 30 mins or less on your pizza is serious business. This story follows two main characters Hiro Protagonist yes that is his name and his partner in crime Y.T. stand for yours truly. Right near the start these two characters cross paths and sends them into a wild adventure.
Main CharactersHiro Protagonist– Last of the freelance hackers, and greatest sword fighters in the world. He was one of the main coders that helped develop the Metaverse into what it is today. A man that lives to serve his own means, but also willing to help those that help him. Like Harry Dresden he is one of those characters that makes you want to learn more about his world. Y.T.”Your Truly”– Is a courier she delivers packages from nation to nations and still manages to make it home each night. Always looking for her next adrenaline high. From harporing cars moving faster than any sane person should go, to pairing up with Hiro. Y.T. lives life for the experience that it is. Even though she is second to plot in this book was my favorite character until near the end.
Recommendations and RatingsIf you are a fan of cyberpunk, science fictions, dystopias, and The late 80’s actions movies this book could be for you. Books that are similar: Neuromancer, Do android sheep dream of electric sheep, Dune and Stranger in a Strange land. Those are some heavy hitters books in the Science fictions world to be compared to and it earned its spot. The first 80% of this book is a 5/5 then the last 20% dinged it a point for me. This book is not for kids under 13 unless you are the type of person that lets 13 year olds watch rated R movies. If you have never read a cyberpunk just know that most of the time it is a dark scary world. On a rare final note I want to give this book a bonus point just on how well Uncle Enzo was written. It has been a long time since I like a character this much. If Uncle Enzo had his own book it would a instant buy for me. I have not faults in how this books is edited or written expect for the ending. Not that the ending is bad. Just makes you feel like a pizza delivery driver that just drove into a pool while his timer was counting down. The character artwork was done by Izzy Medrano If liked this book review and want to check out more here is our series on the Incarnations of Immortality Or check out the newest post on the Day Zero series