The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .
Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employers crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.
Case is a down-and-out computer hacker. In the first few pages one is pretty sure he’s going to end up dead. That’s about all one understands between the barrage of new tech, terminology and sensations packed into the first few pages – a necessary grounding in the world of Sprawl. Surprisingly, or perhaps not so, he doesn’t end up dead, but instead embarks on a mission with Molly and the volatile Armitage.
I really appreciated Gibson’s gentle approach to storytelling. It probably helped a lot when it came to the mindshift required at the start of the book, as the world one reads about, and the tech mentioned, are vastly different to anything we know.
This book is an excellent cyberpunk techno-thriller, exploring the concept of artificial intelligence.