Crux

Crux

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by Ramez Naam
     
 

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Finalist for the 2014 Prometheus Award.

Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5.  The world is a different, more dangerous place. 
 
In the United States, the terrorists – or freedom fighters – of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President

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Finalist for the 2014 Prometheus Award.

Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5.  The world is a different, more dangerous place. 
 
In the United States, the terrorists – or freedom fighters – of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. In Washington DC, a government scientist, secretly addicted to Nexus, uncovers more than he wants to know about the forces behind the assassinations, and finds himself in a maze with no way out.

In Thailand, Samantha Cataranes has found peace and contentment with a group of children born with Nexus in their brains. But when forces threaten to tear her new family apart, Sam will stop at absolutely nothing to protect the ones she holds dear.
 
In Vietnam, Kade and Feng are on the run from bounty hunters seeking the price on Kade’s head, from the CIA, and from forces that want to use the back door Kade has built into Nexus 5.  Kade knows he must stop the terrorists misusing Nexus before they ignite a global war between human and posthuman. But to do so, he’ll need to stay alive and ahead of his pursuers.
 
And in Shanghai, a posthuman child named Ling Shu will go to dangerous and explosive lengths to free her uploaded mother from the grip of Chinese authorities.
 
The first blows in the war between human and posthuman have been struck.  The world will never be the same.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Stage 2 | Terrorist or Freedom Fighter? | Mind Games | Upgrading… ]

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the three months following the events of Naam’s Nexus (2012), over a million people have begun using the nanite-based drug Nexus to communicate, do science, and reach for world peace—but like any technology, Nexus “could be used for good or bad, could be disgusting or sublime.” Kaden Lane has access codes to every mind that carries the version of Nexus he released, and with those back doors he can carry out vigilante justice. Someone less scrupulous could use them to take over the world. With the U.S. presidential elections approaching and more than one country after Kade’s codes, this fast-paced adventure jumps from Vietnamese jungle to American prison to Chinese virtual reality with ease, gracefully weaving message with action. Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity. Agent: Lucienne Diver, the Knight Agency. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
A strong, exciting, and intellectually stimulating sequel.
—David Pitt, Booklist

Praise for the Nexus series:

"Good. Scary good."
- Wired

"Provocative... A double-edged vision of the post-human."
- The Wall Street Journal

"A lightning bolt of a novel, with a sense of awe missing from a lot of current fiction."
- Ars Technica

"Starred Review. Naam turns in a stellar performance in his debut SF novel... What matters here is the remarkable scope and narrative power of the story."
- Booklist

"A superbly plotted high-tension technothriller ... full of delicious, thoughtful moral ambiguity ... a hell of a read."
- Cory Doctorow

"A gripping piece of near future speculation... all the grit and pace of the Bourne films."
- Alastair Reynolds, author of Revelation Space

"A sharp, chilling look at our likely future."
- Charles Stross, author of Singularity Sky and Halting State

"The most brilliant hard SF thriller I've read in years. Reminds me of Michael Crichton at his best."
- Brenda Cooper, author of The Creative Fire

"A rich cast of characters...the action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing."
- Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480521469
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
08/28/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.80(d)

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