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Nexus: Nexus Arc Book 1 Paperback – Dec 18 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (Dec 18 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857662937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662934
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #442,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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 rich cast of characters...the action scenes are crisp, the glimpses of future tech and culture are mesmerizing."
Publishers Weekly 

“Naam displays a Michael Crichton-like ability to explain cutting-edge research via the medium of an airport techno-thriller.”
SFX Magazine 

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

"Nexus and Crux are a devastating probe into the political consequences of transhumanism; a sharp, chilling look at our likely future." 
– Charles Stross, author of Singularity Sky and Halting State

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

"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

"Any old writer can take you on a roller coaster ride, but it takes a wizard like Ramez Naam to take you on the same ride while he builds the roller coaster a few feet in front of your plummeting car... you'll want to read it before everyone's talking about it."
John Barnes, author of the Timeline Wars and Daybreak series.

"An incredibly imaginative, action-packed intellectual romp! Ramez Naam has turned the notion of human liberty and freedom on its head by forcing the question: Technology permitting, should we be free to radically alter our physiological and mental states?"
- Dani Kollin, Prometheus award winning author of The Unincorporated Man

"The only serious successor to Michael Crichton working in the future history genre today." 
- Scott Harrison, author of Archangel
 
"If you are posthuman or transhuman this is an absolute must-read for you; and even mere mortals will love it." 
Philip Palmer, author of Version 43 and Hell Ship
 
"Ramez writes excellent action sequences, incorporating his technology well, and the lives at stake are more than just cardboard cutouts. No one in this story is 'as meets the eye'" 
- Timothy C. Ward

 "a fast, fun read which is both emotionally engaging and thought-provoking. You'll be mulling over the implications of Nexus — the book and the drug — long after you put the book down."
-Analee Newitz, io9.com 

About the Author

Ramez Naam is a professional technologist, and was involved in the development of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Outlook. He holds a seat on the advisory board of the Institute for Accelerating Change, is a member of the World Future Society, a Senior Associate of the Foresight Institute, and a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. 

His non-fiction book More Than Human won the H.G. Wells Award. 

His novels has been nominated for the Kitscie Award for Best Debut, the Prometheus Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He is a 2014 nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.


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Nexus is a book that challenges the lines between good and evil. A drug that lets people share their minds with others is on the market, but has been outlawed. A small group of people figure out how to take it and go even further with the drug to make it more permanent. This can lead to furthering humanity or turning people into slaves...all depends on who gets their hands on it.

While it was a slow read, that was definitely not due to the lack of action or twists. There was some predictability, but most of the book was twisting and turning that you didn't know what was going to happen or who was going to be on whose side. What slowed the book down was a lot of explaining of what was going on, but that also helped the story along and helped develop the relationships of all the characters. If it just sped along, too much would be passed upon and the story would have severely suffered. Using the Nexus drug to get inside the minds of the characters also was a new perspective in storytelling and really pushed the emotional side further than anything I have read before.

The technology (in the form of the Nexus drug) was very believable and is something that seems like it is coming faster than we think. There are a lot of smart minds out there, so it is highly likely that some smart kids are more likely to hack and crack the software than the government that is trying to contain it. While some of it seems extraordinary today, there is not much doubt that in 20 years these things will be a reality. Even the abuses of power and red tape on actions rings very true to the society that we already live in.

I would highly recommend Nexus to anyone who enjoys future technology or even just human relationships.
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By Rose TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 22 2015
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In case you weren't aware, Amazon has a regular book sale called the Daily Deal. They have a few books showcased each day for $1, $2 or $3. I pick up anything I think I won't hate. That's a wide net to cast but I have gotten some really great books and been introduced to authors I had never heard of previously. Nexus was one of these books. Just reading the synopsis, I thought I might luck out and get a three star book but I was prepared for it to be only worth two stars.

Lucky, lucky me got another winner. It had everything I look for in a story. Interesting science (albeit fictional...for now), great characters, a well thought out plot and lots of action. As a series, it left off at a good point and I'm now itching to pick up the next one. There isn't much point in me telling you a bit about the story because the synopsis pretty much covers anything I would say. Frankly, it doesn't do the story justice but neither would I.

Highly recommended for readers of science fiction, action and anti-government sentiment.
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By Jessica Strider TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 3 2015
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pros: lots of action, interesting characters, thought provoking, accessible science

Cons: some of the characters were underused, not as much emotional connection with characters as I would have liked

Kaden Lane and a small group of other brilliant college students come up with a way to add programmable code to Nexus 3, a drug that allows people to communicated telepathically. Their still incomplete code, which has the potential to transform humans into transhumans, puts them and their upgraded Nexus 5 on the hit list of the Emerging Risks Directorate, a subsection of Homeland Security, taxed with maintaining laws restricting research into certain areas of science. Kaden believes in the best of humanity, and knows that Nexus 5 could do great things for people. ERD officer Samantha Cataranes has seen the worst that mind altering drugs can do, and believes - along with her organization - that Nexus 5 will be horribly abused.

This is a novel that examines the morality of augmenting humans to help them become more than human and how the tools of such augmentation can be used to benefit and harm people. Both Kaden and Sam start the book firmly entrenched in their positions, but the events of the story make them both question what they believe. This questioning is thought provoking for the reader, for whom the various pros and cons aren’t immediately obvious, but also allow the characters the chance to grow as individuals.

There’s a fair amount of action, culminating in numerous showdowns at the end of the book.

I loved that Naam has an ‘extras’ section at the end of the book where he explains the science that he extrapolated from to come up with Nexus and the other scientific advances in the book.
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If you want understand the very basics of how things like cochlear implants work, and the amazing advances being made every day in the realm of direct brain communication/interfaces, this book is utterly fantastic! There's a compelling story, with riveting characters and a plot that will leave you breathless, all the while explaining the science behind it all!

Caution - this books has a death toll to rival GRRM. You will meet lots of engaging, interesting characters, only to have they die in some spectacularly graphic ways. I personally loved it, as it made me even more emotionally attached to the story, but if that's not your cup of tea, be warned.
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