Saturday, August 3, 2013

Review: Crux (Nexus #2) by Ramez Naam

Title: Crux (Nexus #2)
Author: Ramez Naam
Publish Date: Aug 27, 2013
Publisher: Angry Robot
Format: E-book
Source: Netgalley


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.

In Thailand, Samantha Cataranes has found peace and contentment with a group of children born with Nexus in their brains. But when forces threaten to tear her new family apart, Sam will stop at absolutely nothing to protect the ones she holds dear.

In Vietnam, Kade and Feng are on the run from bounty hunters seeking the price on Kade’s head, from the CIA, and from forces that want to use the back door Kade has built into Nexus 5. Kade knows he must stop the terrorists misusing Nexus before they ignite a global war between human and posthuman. But to do so, he’ll need to stay alive and ahead of his pursuers.

And in Shanghai, a posthuman child named Ling Shu will go to dangerous and explosive lengths to free her uploaded mother from the grip of Chinese authorities.

The first blows in the war between human and posthuman have been struck. The world will never be the same.

HERE is my review of Nexus (Nexus #1) by Ramez Naam if you are interested!

Crux was absolutely amazing!

The writing style was very unique with the way the author would seamlessly go from one point of view to the next. There were chapter breaks, but I found the stream of consciousness intriguing.

Basically, everyone wants Kaden Lane and the backdoors he created for Nexus 5. Unfortunately for the bad guys, Kaden has a lot of bad ass friends and staggering brain power. His friends include Sam, who has discovered the purity of Nexus by working with children born with it. There is also my favorite, Feng. Feng is hilarious even though he speaks very little and is also a complete bad ass.

Perhaps the most disturbing story line in this novel was that of young Ling and her fight to free her post human mother. Ling is only a young child, but can do an enormous amount of damage. On the other hand, there is the positive side of children born with Nexus 5. They can absorb data from each other and have highly advanced intelligence. The whole concept is really quite brilliant to me...

I should probably point out that this book is NoT Young Adult. It contains mild sex, language and violence. So, if that sort of thing offends you, well, now you know.

5 stars to Crux!

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