Snow Crash art

With March underway it’s time for a new read and this month we’re going with a throwback novel from the Cyberpunk genre. Snow Crash is a well celebrated story about cyber security and hackers, written even before the Y2K and dot com craze.

Snow Crash book cover

According to those who have read it, Snow Crash is far more than just cyberpunk. It touches on a variety of themes ranging from history, to politics and philosophy.

I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while, and after reading Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One it made me all the more motivated. Judging from the reviews and descriptions, Snow Crash delves much further into the technical aspects of cyber warfare.

Snow Crash book synopsis

After the Internet, what came next?
Enter the Metaverse – cyberspace home to avatars and software daemons, where anything and just about everything goes. Newly available on the Street – the Metaverse’s main drag – is Snow Crash, a cyberdrug. Trouble is Snow Crash is also a computer virus – and something more. Because once taken it infects the person behind the avatar. Snow Crash bleeds into reality.

Which is really bad news for Hiro – freelance hacker and the Metaverse’s best swordfighter (he wrote the code) – and Y. T. – skateboard kourier, street imp and mouthy teenage girl – because reality was shitty enough before someone started messing with it . . .

Exploring linguistics, religion, computer science, politics, philosophy, cryptography and the future of pizza delivery, Snow Crash is a riveting, brake-neck adventure into the fast-approaching future.

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