Adrian recommended this book to me a million years ago, I think around the first time I read Snow Crash. The thing that stuck out about it most in my mind was the specific way in which one of the characters in the book existed on the novel’s equivalent of cyberspace. It’s really hard to describe that any better, because it’s potentially spoilery, but once you read the book, I think you’ll know what I’m talking about. That whole concept had me hooked. I really wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, when Adrian recommended it to me, it had been at least a year since he had read it, and it was another … 5 or 6 years from when he suggested it to when I actually read it. So either he didn’t remember much else about the book, or I didn’t remember much else of his description of the book. It turns out that that minor detail that I had fixated on was a very small portion of the text.
The remainder of the book was a weird amalgamation of religion and tech. In all honestly, that is right in my wheelhouse. I really enjoy the fictionalization of religion. Michael Carpenter, Knight of the Cross, is my favorite character in my favorite fiction book series: The Dresden Files. The idea of an unholy weapon of mass destruction being so devastating that it turns the entire world away from science towards religion, and the political implications of that were fascinating to me. It sort of paralleled Snow Crash, with different religious sects existing as political parties, instead of corporations acting as nation states.
Ultimately, those two big ideas were really the only things that I found compelling about the book. The actual implementation, and the story itself, didn’t really grip me. Thinking back on it, I’m not sure that the author ever actually stated who the bad guy was, or official identity of the big pseudonymous character. It was all based on inference; unless I missed something big at the end.
I’m glad I finally read this book, but I don’t expect I’ll read any of the other books in this series.