The core of the story revolves the nano-drug Nexus, which allows its users to connect mind to mind with other users around them. A young scientist, Kaden Lane is caught trying to improve the illegal drug. His capture by the authorities leads him to work with Samantha Cataranes, a government agent, as he is caught up in events on an international scale. Some wanting to help him, some wanting to stop him and others just wanting to use him and his invention.
Ramez Naam takes his computer science background and uses it artfully to help inform the story. As a programmer myself I keep up to date on the latest developments and he has done an excellent job of taking real world developments and extrapolating their future paths to write a compelling story.
He takes modern attitudes and shows how they would impact a world where an incredibly close and intimate connection with others is only a pill away. The politics and philosophies depicted in Nexus are so believable that one has to wonder if we will be looking back on this book in a few decades as on of the more prophetic works of its time.
Nexus was released in December from Angry Robot Books, I received a digital review copy from the publisher, but you can purchase your copy from Amazon here.
So please, give Nexus a look, I’m sure you will enjoy it.
Nexus by Ramez Naam
Paperback: 460 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot