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Nerve Zero based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Definitely worth the wait. After being able to read a teaser for this book ages ago, I've been waiting patiently for the full novel to come out. And you know what? It was well worth the wait. Not only is there both fascinating science fiction and gripping noir, but Ramirez is an utterly original character that you almost never see in science fiction stories of any kind. Robinson not only creates a sense of danger and conveys the characters' desperation from the very beginning, but manages to keep the momentum going throughout the entire book. It's an impressive accomplishment and well worth checking out.
Superb Noir Science Fiction - Life is Cheap Idriel Ramirez is a classic Robinson hero - intelligent but not brilliant, quick but not superhuman, noble but flawed. A person with an essential skill for the universe he lives in but an outcast from the society to which he should belong. When Ramirez's ship pulls into his homeworld of Hinden, he runs directly into an old friend with a problem - and is willing to pay for him to fix it. When that old friend disappears Ramirez is drawn back into the labyrinthine structure - both physical and social - of Hinden to find her. The real strength of Nerve Zero is the world - the universe - that it builds. It is a bleak future, fallen from many glories and many times removed from our terran past - but it is one that feels like it can and does exist. Top that off with realistic characters and you have a story that pulls you to keep reading even when the plot twists and turns through the crowded belly of the city-world. Highly recommended read - especially if you enjoy complex, strong female characters. Although the main character is male, the majority of the cast consists of realistic, intelligent women.