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Connect Hardcover – 3 May 2018
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A dazzling technothriller . . . propulsive and engrossing (Guardian)
Connect is so plugged into the technological zeitgeist . . . This is the world we know, several operating systems down the line . . . Instantly convincing . . . It will subtly change the way you see the world. (Sunday Times)
I found Connect propulsively paced and ingeniously twisting. Gough has written a hyperactive, adrenaline-junkie dystopian thriller that deserves to be made into a belter of a film franchise. (The Times)
This stimulating tale of a coder and his mum is a hyper-digital thriller . . . a story of family dysfunction plugged into larger questions about reality, evolution and the west’s self-definition as “the good guys”. (Observer)
An exciting literary thriller with plenty of interesting ideas. (Mail on Sunday)
Read Connect by the absurdly brilliant Julian Gough, a mind-expanding technothriller with a hotly beating human heart. (Emma Donoghue)
Connect really is a work of genius. It confronts and explores the nature of humanness and existence in a thrilling, immersive, addictive way, and marks Julian out as a prophet among writers. (Donal Ryan)
A wonderful novel, a tour de force. (Joseph O'Connor)
This is a novel of enormous danger and risk . . . It is in the lightness of the writing, the compelling force of the narrative that the author achieves real brilliance. Gough has undoubtedly arrived, as a master storyteller. (Michael Harding)
Connect has all the hallmarks of such futuristic classics as War Of The Worlds and Brave New World, but it is also a strong stand alone novel full of excitement, twists, and turns, and stands shoulder to shoulder with any thriller being published today. (Galway Advertiser)
A brilliantly and thrillingly smart novel of today and tomorrow, by one of the most original voices in Irish writing, for readers of William Gibson, Station Eleven and Ready Player One.See all Product description
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I bought the book, knowing very little about it, not even reading the blurb. I'm a fan of the author and had read how proud he was of it.
Going into a book like this blind is a challenge, but it gripped me in a way that far too books do.
If you can read it without knowing much about it I promise you the experience will be so much richer (although if you're reading this you're not the type who buys books on a whim are you?)
I don't write reviews (as you can tell) but this is a book that needs to be shouted at from the rooftops, I finished it and wanted to grab strangers in the street and yell "YOU SHOULD READ THIS!" I'm not allowed do that any more, so adding a review is the next best thing.
Then an artist chucks a lifeline and you spot it in time to keep your hopes afloat.
'Connect' is one such lifeline.
I'm not one for hyperbole and steer clear of contemporary comparisons but, Greg Egan, Neil Gaiman and William Gibson have been similarly exciting. New ideas are great. New ideas wrapped in new styling and solid evidenced research are special.
Grab this lifeline. But then let it pull you in. You won't regret it.
Our hero is a teenager called Colt. He lives alone with his mother, Naomi, and is a near-autistic teenager.Their home is in the Nevada desert. Drones fill the sky. Colt regards the real world as crap world. He lives in a virtual real world. One day on line he connects with Snow Queen a hacker. Her real name is Sash and she delivers pizzas. Unfortunately, Colt does not have the social skills to converse with her. This makes him want to enter the real world. Colt's mum is a scientist, his dad, Ryan, works for the US military. Colt decides to try altering his brain so he can talk to females. The end of the world seems to beckon.
Every chapter has quotes from philosophers and writers presumably to give weight to the text. There are several platitudes and too many clichés. There are also sex scenes which are juvenile. This book begins promisingly. Its theme is very interesting. But it deteriorates quickly into unconvincing mush about the future of humankind.