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Winner of the 2014 Prometheus Award

Mankind gets an upgrade

In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link humans 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 ...

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Winner of the 2014 Prometheus Award

Mankind gets an upgrade

In the near future, the experimental nano-drug Nexus can link humans 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.

File Under: Science Fiction [ Humanity 2.0 | Mind Matters | Hive | This Will Happen ]

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Publishers Weekly
The illegal drug Nexus—made of nanites in a liquid suspension—creates temporary telepathic and empathic abilities and is feared and revered. Naam's first dip into fiction covers much the same territory as his pop science debut, More than Human: a discussion of the pros and cons of technology that can "upgrade" people, and of posthumanism in general. A rich cast of characters serves to argue all angles of the debate, led by Kaden Lane, a sweet if frequently naïve everyman who is thrust into international spy games and black market warfare as he wrestles with the morality of open-sourcing his own permanent and programmable Nexus variant. While the philosophizing is sometimes painfully heavy, the action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing, and Naam does an admirable job of giving the reader no easy answer for the problem he's posing. Agent: Lucienne Diver, the Knight Agency. (Jan.)
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An NPR Best Book of 2013

"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: 9780857662934
  • Publisher: Watkins Media
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ramez Naam is the H.G. Wells Award-Winning author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement. He lives in Seattle, WA.
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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    Deliciously edgy. Hauntingly dark. A rip-roaring roller-coaster

    Deliciously edgy. Hauntingly dark. A rip-roaring roller-coaster of a ride where no one is safe, and no one wins. 

    I'm not a traditional science fiction fan, but Naam's first novel held me spellbound from the first chapter, eliciting a flurry of ooohs, aahs, grimaces, tears, and sleepless hours along the way.  Naam is a lively story teller who creates a richly textured but gloriously flawed world that is dishearteningly similar to our own.  He gives life to a memorable cast of characters who are skittishly trying to navigate a world filled with moral ambiguity and uncertainty.  In a world where right and wrong are hazily grey, Naam leads the reader from the neon parties of San Francisco counterculture through the tropical, vibrant riot of Bangkok to placid mountain monasteries filled with saffron-robed monks.  

    Nexus is a gritty, steel-eyed gaze into a future where the definition of what it means to be human is beginning to blur.  When dewy-eyed grad student Kaden Lane is caught working with Nexus, an illegal nano-technology that allows neurons to communicate remotely, he is plunged into a world where human life is sacrificed for humanity and the stakes are higher than he ever imagined.  Samantha Cataranes, the government agent charged with keeping him both alive and in line, must battle not only muscled thugs but a past that she cannot escape.  Together they just might survive, but is the cost one that they can bear to pay?  

    Combining the international intrigue of Tom Clancy, the unnerving realism of Michael Crichton, and the tortured ethics of Orson Scott Card, Ramez Naam is a name to remember, and Nexus is a book you'll never forget.  

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

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    First of all, I would like to thank Netgalley and Angry Robot pu

    First of all, I would like to thank Netgalley and Angry Robot publishing company for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review!

    Nexus was definitely a thriller! This book made me think. I love books like that. The message of the book was strong. Should we as humans be allowed to enhance ourselves? What would the government do to control the mere humans? How far will their "protection" go?

    "In space," she said, "no one can hear you dance." This line absolutely cracked me up. This book starts off light and has moments of fun. But, is actually a high octane mega trip with lots of action. The character of Sam (the narc) is a complete bad ass, made to fight. She has her reasons for becoming what she is, but should she be listening to her government superiors? Her inner battle is brutal and raw.

    But overall, it is a story of Kaden Lane and his fight to do what he thinks is right. You see, Kaden is the creator of Nexus 5 which is a drug that interlinks human brains to share information, thoughts, feelings. The "good" and the bad guys both want the Nexus 5 secret and will stop at nothing to obtain it. .. or destroy him.

    As you all know, I am a sucker for anything Albert Einstein. Well, at several points in the book, Kade reflects upon some of Einstein's thoughts. "The problems we currently face can't be solved at the level of thinking that created them." Of course, this made me fall in love with this book even more!

    There are also some highly important side characters that assist in moving the plot along greatly. Also, most of the book takes place in Thailand and Naam's world building is brilliant. I could see everything through his writing. 

    At the very end of the book, there is a section called Extras. It details Naam's own encounters with neuroscience and some of the advances he has seen in restoring sight, hearing and limb function through outside stimuli. The last paragraph of this section encompasses Naam's views:

    "To understand a thing is to gain the power to change it. We're surging in our understanding of our own makeup – our genes, our bodies, and especially our minds. The next few decades will be more full of wonders than even the greatest science fiction." – Ramez Naam

    There is so much more I could say about this book, but I know I would have spoilers and I really hate reviews with spoilers!

    So, I will end with this.

    If you had the opportunity to take a drug and be able to interlink your mind with other humans, would you do it? 

    5 stars to Nexus for being such a trip!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2015

    A must read

    This book keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2015

    I was with Kade every step of the way.

    Must-read hard sci-fi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    Hooters

    Ooooooooooooooooooo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2014

    Fast-paced thriller. Couldn't put it down

    This was a very enjoyable read. The lead characters were compelling and believable. The futuristic technology and the attitudes towards it by the different points of view captures a lot of what is happening today. Fear, uncertainty, and doubt from the "old guard," and excitement about the potential possibilities from the other side. Add in governmental corruption, and it seems like it could really be true today (minus the cool nano bots and super-human physical capabilities)

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  • Posted July 23, 2014

    A very good read! It did start out a bit slow, I made myself st

    A very good read! It did start out a bit slow, I made myself stick with it and glad I did.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Started of slow then draws you in.

    Started of slow then draws you in. Although it is a "mind" story )in a sense) I think the author could have got us more involved in a few of the characters. Would like a little more emotion. Other then that it is definitely a very good read and makes you think. I just got contacted about a second book so of course I will read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    One of the most interesting and thought provoking books I have read in a while.

    I have read a lot of books with similar themes and with varyingly successful techno thriller plots, so I wasn't expecting much. What I got was a book that made me think, grabbed me and wouldn't let me put it down.

    Solid, multi faceted characters groping with hard questions that will stick with you long after you put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Thrilling, complex, and intelligently provocative

    A great sci-fi read that is also highly plausible in today's society. Naam's novel reveals the conflicting levels of connection and disconnection in a world obsessed with technology and power. Both eerie and hopeful concurrently, Nexus will encourage the mind to think critically; an art that has been lacking in the recent decade. Well worth the journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    So good

    Near perfection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Hooked from the start!

    Had me hook-line and sinker from the first few pages! Exceptionally intriguing, the thoughts this book brings to the forefront of our age of science.
    Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    An extremely enjoyable book.  I was hooked very early on.  A gre

    An extremely enjoyable book.  I was hooked very early on.  A great cast of thoughtful, interesting characters and an intellectually
    interesting and fun read.  If you enjoyed Neal Stephenson's Reamde then you will like Naam's Nexus.  Have already pre-ordered
    the sequel Crux.   

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

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    Excellent Read

    Just finished the book Nexus by Ramez Naam. The author has done an excellent job of creating three dimensional characters, none of which are all good or all bad. Plotting was tight and kept me reading into the late hours of the night. I can't wait for the second novel to be released later this month!

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    Very good read.  Technical, but not too technical, and thought p

    Very good read.  Technical, but not too technical, and thought provoking.  A view on the probable future that we face with our emerging technologies of genetics, nanotech, and computers.  Gives the viewpoint for both pro and con with leanings towards pro.  I believe it gives good reasons for the pro argument.

    The best part is the tech portions fit seamlessly with the fast-paced and interesting story.  It is not just a vehicle for espousing the authors viewpoints on certain technologies, but an action packed thriller also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Tightly written sci fi thriller

    A very well paced thriller. While it is very much for fans of cyberpunk, it does not simply take that as a backstory. Instead, Ramez has intelligently extrapolated an incredibly satisying and believable near future. Ramez's experience as an actual software developer and coder adds massive credibility and nuance throughout the novel. Highly reccomended read for fans of Cyberpunk or Michael Crichton

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

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    Highly recommend

    This is a fast action, scientific thriller- A great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Scary and exhilarating

    Both fascinating and frightening. Well written near future science fiction.

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

     Finding good near future scifi is often difficult, but this sto

     Finding good near future scifi is often difficult, but this story is a good find. If you like stories like Rainbows End, you will love Nexus.

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  • Posted December 21, 2012

    Nexus is awesome, near-future sci-fi action that brings decadent

    Nexus is awesome, near-future sci-fi action that brings decadent artists, geek heroes, augmented soldiers, and angry governments into one, sprawling fray. It's dark but not dystopian, brutal in places but unabashedly optimistic as well, reminding me of Iain Banks.

    The central sci-fi concept is an imaginative synthesis of nanotechnology and brain-computer interfaces, but the real beauty is in the uses envisioned for the "drug". The protagonist inventors' aim to enable a future in which humans are intimately connected and empowered to reshape our own minds and bodies. And my favorite character isn't even one of the good guys, though the lines are wonderfully blurred.

    Nexus is also about fear, resistance to change, and fighting for the right to embrace it. The socio-political divide that results from the use and abuse of the new technology is disturbingly plausible. The personal and large-scale conflicts provide a lens through which to consider what we should do and will do with new power, a scientist's dilemma, and what happens at the intersection of spirituality and technology. Read it for the thought-provoking aspects or because it's a furious, sexy tale about how cool and how crazy our world could become.

    I love having future- and science-fiction authors pitch their visions by weaving them into alluring stories, not just showing us a version of what might be but coaxing us toward it. Naam is preaching, and all sermons should be so hard to put down.

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