I’m not a regular connoissuer of the cyperpunk category, so I was a bit mesmerized by the style and setting. I found it particularly interesting to discover this “metaverse” and compare it to online MMO worlds and how they are evolving today.
Then I got completely sucked into the author’s idea of hacking the brain—controlling how we operate and reason at a BIOS level.That was really fascinating for me, as I wanted to be a neurologist growing up, am fascinated by communication, and am really getting into the issues of social networking systems these days. The allusions to religion, virus and hardware really opened up my thought processes.
Which is why I was so let down with the crappy ending. Rather than following its course and showing the outcomes/ramifications, it wraps up like a bad 80’s cop drama…..blow up the bad guys, kiss the girl, call it a day and go home. WTF? I really couldn’t have been let down more.
In retrospect, I talked about this to a friend and said something that was surprisingly apt: I guess it’s a lot easier to start writing a book than it is to finish one.