Snow Crash

I was at Green Apple Books a little while ago and was browsing their science fiction section when I saw a book with a sword on the cover. I was like “ooh, a sword, and picked it up. The book was called Snow Crash, one of Neil Stephenson’s first books. I began reading it, and I really liked the futuristic-ness of it.

The book starts out in a world where cities have seceded and become corporation-run city-states. Outside of the city-states, you can pretty much do whatever you want. There is a virtual world called the Metaverse, where you can be safe from all the nasty bits of Reality, until someone programs a virtual information-virus that turns programmer’s brains to mush. The virus-makers then proceed to suck out all the blood of the programmers and use it to spread the virus to a ton of other people. They aren’t going to stop until the whole world is infected, and the only people who can stop them are the main character, Hiro Protagonist, a teenage delivery driver named Y.T., and a group of semi-special ops soldiers from the Mafia. The Mafia is a corporation that runs, among other things, a high-speed delivery pizza company.

One of the characters in the book is a teenage girl who goes by Y.T, or Yours Truly, so you never know her real name. She is a Kourier, a kind of high-speed parcel-delivery person. Kouriers ride skateboards and use a “Magnapoon” or “poon” that magnetically latches on to vehicles to travel around and deliver things. I would like to meet her because she is confident and very snarky at times, but she is really nice underneath her cynical exterior.

This book is similar to The Giver, and The Hunger Games in that they are very futuristic and dystopian. Snow Crash was published originally in 1983, and so far the present is eerily similar to the future that the book talks about. Large companies and corporations control a lot of daily life, and can’t be punished or controlled easily. If we continue on this route, our country might end up like in the book.

The author is trying to give a warning as to what could happen in our high-tech future.

This book was really good but quite confusing. There were a lot of long words that even I, a person with a large vocabulary, didn’t understand. I could guess what most of them meant from context, but some I had to look up. I would recommend a minimum reading age of 13, just because the words are so big and the dialogue is hard to follow in some parts of the book due to the complex subject matter. Other than that, it is a great book and I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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