Top critical review
Not the best
on 12 August 2017
I read Snow Crash, then The Diamond Age, then Reamde, and I was hungry for more. After browsing a few forums and the like it seemed this was my next logical choice for Neal Stephenson's offerings.
I have to wonder if there is actually a story here, because after reading 20% of the book I'm completely bored, unable to see any sort of plot, and feel I'm being subjected to some try-hard author's ramblings covering all the things he thought were interesting from his journals and just had to blurt out into publication to show us how intellectual he was.
I love the maths and cryptography elements, but these are too few and far between (entire description and history of Manilla in excessive detail, which has no bearing on the story leaks everywhere). There's little insight into the characters, I don't care for any one of them, and I have to say I dread the thought of trying to read another page.
It really is garbage, and needs editing into something readable. I would not recommend this to anyone.