Fast-forward to a time where corporations have taken over everything from jails to highways. To a time where the virtual world is as popular as the real one. To a time when pizza is always delivered in under 30 minutes. This is the world Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash takes place in.
Hiro Protagonist, a katana wielding hacker, is a big deal in the metaverse, but in reality he can barely afford the storage unit he lives in. When he meets Y.T., a rebellious, cocky, teenage girl, an unlikely friendship forms and the two team up to learn more about Snow Crash, a mysterious new drug. They soon get sucked into something much bigger than they ever imagined and as the stakes grow, so does the danger.
While this story has the exciting adventure feel that most cyberpunk books do, it goes deeper than that. Though this world has technology that can only be dreamt of, racism, sexism, and classism still run rampant. Are these inescapable features of human society? Can we ever evolve past them? Stephenson brings readers to a world that might at first seem drastically different from their own, but that notion is soon brought into question, along with whether this is what the future holds.
“There wasn’t a whole lot of snow or crashes but it was still a pretty good book” -
“By juxtaposing high-tech gizmos with archaic social barriers, Stephenson questions what really constitutes as human advancement”- The New York Times