Review of: Crux

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On November 1, 2016
Last modified:November 1, 2016


24968626I just finished reading the second book in Ramez Naam’s series Nexus, and it has been months since I have read anything that captivated me in the same way.

The first book was really excellent, but I got distracted by other books, so I didn’t read the second one right away. Somehow it has been two years since I read the first one but I don’t think it will take me two years to get to the last book.

Title: Crux
Author: Ramez Naam
Series: Nexus, book 2
Genre: Science fiction, near future science fiction, cyberpunk, thriller

The pacing is intense – it is cut like an action thriller with short sub-chapters cutting between different parts of the action. Changing the pacing from slow to fast and back again. The book quite liturgically got my pulse up and the first night I read it, I had to set an alarm or I would not have gotten any sleep.. The consequences of the story are very real and brutal – not quite G.R.R. Martin level but really who wants that – but the view point characters are not safe from harm.

The characterization in the book is great. Every single view point character has understandable and deep motivations – even the ones I hated, I understood.

The science is really interesting and very grounded in current science in the way of the best near future science fiction book. I am still fascination by the nexus drug and the implications. The emotional beats in the book are to a large extend driven by the moral implications of the drug. All of which are treated with the complexity that they warrent.

So this is a very compelling near future science fiction thriller!

Read my review of the first book here

The Stats

Published: 2013 by Angry Robot
Read: October 18 to 31, 2016
Format: ebook

The author: male, POC, computer scientist, USA
The protagonist: Kade, male, straight, scientist, able-bodied. Among many others


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