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Ramez Naam
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5 Sep 2013 Angry Robot
Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place. In the United States, the terrorists - or freedom fighters - of the Post-Human Liberation Front use Nexus to turn men and women into human time bombs aimed at the President and his allies. In Washington DC, a government scientist, secretly addicted to Nexus, uncovers more than he wants to know about the forces behind the assassinations, and finds himself in a maze with no way out. The first blows in the war between human and post-human have been struck. The world will never be the same.

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (5 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857662953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662958
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A blisteringly paced technothriller that dives deeper and even better into the chunky questions raised by Nexus. This is a fabulous book, and it ends in a way that promises at least one more. Count me in.' --Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and Homeland

'Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity.' --Publishers Weekly

'Potent like Naam's vividly imagined nano-drug Nexus, Crux is a heady cocktail of ideas and page-turning prose. It left my brain buzzing for days afterwards.' --Hannu Rajaniemi, author of The Quantum Thief and The Fractal Prince

'A worthy sequel that reads like a mash-up of Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy, Naam's cyberpunk thriller is even better than the original.' --SF Signal

'I found myself tearing through the pages as chapters flew by from different characters' perspectives until the final pieces fall into place.If you enjoyed Nexus you will absolutely love Crux.' --My Bookish Ways

About the Author

Ramez Naam is the H.G. Wells Award-Winning author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement. He's a computer scientist who helped build Outlook, Internet Explorer, and the Bing search engine.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I picked up the Kindle version of Crux about 20 seconds after finishing Nexus, Ramez Naam's first novel and precursor to Crux.

The world created by Naam in Nexus and finely continued in Crux is thoroughly enjoyable as a thriller with great action and very film like drama. I cared about these characters, their journeys and development and had to know what happened to them (I still do and am looking forward to a 3rd novel in the series).

What sets this apart from most hard sci-fi is that while being very accessible in a ripping yarn sort of way, it's also positing and considering some very strong ideas about the near future of humanity. The character's journeys take us into a world on the threshold of change, in part created by the characters, and in other ways shaping the characters actions and beliefs. A world where the consideration of what it is to be human is examined in a nuanced manner all the while entertaining and thrilling but also still very much related to the time we live in now.

If you could slow your ageing would you? If you could strengthen your body and adjust it to your liking would you? If you could augment you brain through the use of technology would you? If you did these things at what point would you stop being human, becoming trans-human or even post-human? Do these labels really even matter? If two minds could be connected together would this be somehow evil or perhaps the most perfect of technologies, finally allowing people to really understand each other. What if one of those minds could control the other, making them become a slave? If you could re-programme someone to stop them hurting others, would that be right?
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't wait for the next chapter! 4 Oct 2013
By Graeme
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I read Nexus (brilliant) and immediately downloaded Crux. Exciting, inspiring and very believable. The author has a great understanding of tech, organic systems and human nature, and crosses it all over wonderfully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a worthy sequel 3 July 2014
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You always feel a bit apprehensive as you open a sequel for the first time - will,to be a s good as the first? This most certainly is. phew! Can't wait for the 3rd now
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Nexus (1) 30 Jun 2014
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Again, a very good read. Good high-pace action, drama and a very interesting basic plot. Thought provoking and as yet unresolved. Looking forward to Nexus 3!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 4 Jun 2014
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Excellent book can't wait for the next instalment , not really the normal kind of book I read but glad I did
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read 1 Jun 2014
By Nabil
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If you like thrillers and futuristic novels Nexus and Crux are well worth reading. It is fast paced and the author builds empathy for characters well, explores human relationships, and allows readers to see how misconceptions and partial information can pit people who should/could be on the same side against each other.

While the technology may not be there already, some of the moral questions it raises alreay exist.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story with strong characters. 22 May 2014
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Full credit to the author for creating a fascinating scenario populated with strong characters and interesting dialogue. I do, however, think the editor let him down rather badly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the matrix..... 18 May 2014
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You will love this!! Nexus and Crux are both brilliantly realised books. All you could want from a techno thriller- conspiracy, new technology, evil criminals, mind jacking and some quality set piece battles. This and the predecessor should be movies now!! Bring on the next part of the epic!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frightening and convincing
A chilling, and intelligently expressed, view of post-humanity as minds are freed from bodies. All too plausible reaction by governments and their secret services.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. B. Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative
The most provocative book ever. Involves, stretches the mind, challenges the normal moralities forces one to accept possibilities all within a fast moving action packed thriller. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P G Barlow
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Usually second books slow down a bit, but this one changed pace deftly and kept me engrossed. The tech still seems a little impossible but the exploration of questions of humanity... Read more
Published 2 months ago by NiallSweby
5.0 out of 5 stars Just stunning!
Ramez plays his second card. Part 2 of (we hope) his Nexus trilogy, where he lays the groundwork for another instalment. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eoin (London)
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
There are a few books that really gell and I can't put down - Crux is one of them. Tight writing, a great premise and good characters.
Published 5 months ago by R. Hay
3.0 out of 5 stars it's a book!
Shock, horror! I just have to write a few more words to get rid of this virtual demand for a review.
Published 5 months ago by kensom
4.0 out of 5 stars good sequel to Nexus
This was a good continuation of Nexus but, obviously for a sequel, lacked the originality and freshness. A must read if you read the first book.
Published 6 months ago by Kathryn Pares
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