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Crux (Nexus Book 2) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ramez Naam

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“Potent like Naam’s vividly imagined nano-drug Nexus, Crux is a heady cocktail of ideas and page-turning prose. It left my brain buzzing for days afterwards.”
Hannu Rajaniemi, author of The Quantum Thief and The Fractal Prince

“A blisteringly paced technothriller that dives deeper and even better into the chunky questions raised by Nexus. This is a fabulous book, and it ends in a way that promises at least one more. Count me in.” 
- Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

"Nexus and Crux are a devastating probe into the political consequences of transhumanism; a sharp, chilling look at our likely future."
– Charles Stross, author of Halting State and Singularity Sky

“Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity.” 
Publishers Weekly

“Highly recommended for preparation of the future revolution.”
– Harper Reed, former CTO of Obama for America

“A brilliant book, full of mind-blowing tech drawn in highly believable fashion. Naam’s action sequences carry a brutal intensity, and every time you think he’ll finally let you breathe the stakes rise even higher.” 
Jason M. HoughNew York Times best-selling author of The Darwin Elevator

Crux is an outstanding speculative fiction adventure … in the same league as Michael Crichton and Daniel Suarez. Put it at the top of your summer reading list!”
Scientific American 

“Sublime. This book is speculative fiction at its finest.. Mr. Naam masterfully mobilizes the zeitgeist of contemporary political and tech culture.. Tempts readers with equal parts dread and optimism. This is not a book to be missed.”  
– 
Page of Reviews 

“Readers of Ramez Naam‘s techno-thriller Nexus will not want to miss the awesome sequel,Crux.” 
Kurzweil AI

Crux does the work of great science fiction. It makes the reader look closely and critically at what kind of world we’re building here and now.”
– Kent Peterson

“Naam’s writing is always strong, fluid and sure. With gripping, heart-pounding action scenes and muscle-binding tension normally reserved for horror stories, Crux is a book you don’t want to miss.”
Allways Unmended

“A worthy sequel that reads like a mash-up of Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy, Naam’s cyberpunk thriller is even better than the original.”
– SF Signal

“I found myself tearing through the pages as chapters flew by from different characters’ perspectives until the final pieces fall into place.If you enjoyed Nexus you will absolutely love Crux.”
– My Bookish Ways

Présentation de l'éditeur

Shortlisted for the Prometheus Award 2014.

Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. The world is a different, more dangerous place.

In the USA, the 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.

The first blows in the war between human and posthuman have been struck.

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"His breathtaking expertise and confidence as a writer makes Naam the only serious successor to Michael Crichton working in the future history genre today.”
- Scott Harrison, author of Archangel

“A blisteringly paced technothriller that dives deeper and even better into the chunky questions raised by Nexus. This is a fabulous book, and it ends in a way that promises at least one more. Count me in.”
- Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and Pirate Cinema

“Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity.”
- Publishers Weekly

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 New Age Cyberpunk 27 août 2013
Par Nickolas X. P. Sharps - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
REVIEW SUMMARY: Frighteningly plausible cyberpunk.

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Following the events of the first book, Kaden Lane is on the run with bounty hunters in hot pursuit. Sam, having gone rogue, has finally found inner peace in the presence of special children born with Nexus connection. The Post-Human Liberation Front has found a way to weaponize Nexus in a frightening way and the United States government is taking drastic steps to fight such emerging risks.

MY REVIEW

PROS: Expands on the foundation of the original in a big way, continued character development, lots of character diversity, super-cool tech, moral ambiguity, intense action, lays the groundwork for future entries without coming across as filler.

CONS: A lessened presence of the Buddhism I found so cool and interesting in the first novel.

BOTTOM LINE: A worthy sequel that reads like a mash-up of Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy, Naam's cyberpunk thriller is even better than the original.

I loved Ramez Naam's Nexus, an amazing science fiction novel that bombards the senses with espionage, philosophy, action, and a frighteningly plausible future. It's a novel that got me considering the implications of trans/post-humanism in a way I never have before. Fortunately for me, I did not have to wait a second to get started on the sequel, Crux, because I missed reading Nexus at its 2012 release. I started into Crux with a level of apprehension I reserve for sequels of books that I love. Would Naam be able to deliver a novel as exceptional as the first or would he fail to rise to the challenge? I need not have worried, as Crux is every bit as compelling as its predecessor and then some. Nexus has all the right ingredients for a classic Hollywood blockbuster and audiences would be fortunate to be presented with such an intelligent thriller. Crux, on the other hand, goes too deep and too wide to be contained in a major motion picture. If Nexus is a blockbuster, Crux is a big budget spin-off television series that builds on all the things people loved about the original. I couldn't help but compare Nexus to movies like The Matrix, Limitless, and The Terminator, as well as video games such as Deus Ex and the upcoming Watchdogs - though I think it far surpasses each of these. Crux, on the other hand, shares similarities with all these but I'd like to include the hit television series starring Kiefer Sutherland, 24 and The Bourne Identity, starring Matt Damon.

Crux picks up months after the end of Nexus. Kaden and Feng are on the run, hiding from ruthless men eager for the $10 million bounty set by the Emerging Risks Directorate of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Because of Kade, Nexus 5 is available to the world. The ERD, looking for new ways to combat technological abuses, wants to capture Kade and coerce the program's "back door" out of him. Meanwhile, Sam has finally found a home and happiness among the special Nexus-born children of a remote village. Here Sam has begun to put the past behind her - but when men come looking for the children she will be thrust back into the role she hoped to have left behind: killer. Crux expands the list of POV's from the first book - this time featuring the perspectives of Doctor Holtzman of the ERD, Kade's friend Rangan Shankari, the Post-Human Liberation Front terrorist Breece, Sam's mentor Kevin Nakamura, Su-Yong Shu and her post-human daughter Ling, and more.

Each character serves to broaden the scope of the novel and further complicate the already murky moral waters. Kaden and Sam both continue to progress as characters. In the wake of the Nexus 5 release Kaden has taken on the mantle of trans-human vigilante - working furiously to prevent abuses of his program. As the only person alive with the "back door" codes Kaden is burdened with a tremendous responsibility and he is forced to acknowledge that perhaps no one should have such power. Likewise, Sam has moved on past her fear of technology and embraced Nexus 5 and its users. Both characters are tested mentally as well as physically, as Naam puts each through the ringer to see just how far they will go to stand by their beliefs. Rangan Shankari was an unexpected favorite of mine reading Crux. I love his transformation-arc, from carefree party boy to selfless activist is encouraging. I found Holtzman less likeable but his story was no less important. I would have liked to experience more of Kevin Nakamura's spycraft, as he was one of the few characters not running Nexus 5. It was also interesting to watch Su-Yong Shu's mental stability to deteriorate. Reading Crux was one of the rare occasions that I enjoyed each and every POV, as all the characters served to broaden the scope of the conflict.

Probably the coolest thing about this series is, fittingly, Nexus 5. The creation of this software/hardware/drug is probably the greatest invention since humanity first discovered the wheel. It is an invention that holds endless potential, both good and bad. Nexus 5 can be used to connect people in a way never before possible - it can also be used to enslave, steal information, and create undetectable assassins. The Emerging Risk Directorate's campaign against Nexus 5, and similar technology, resembles the War on Drugs in many ways. Many innocents are caught in the crossfire, and the violence continues to escalate as mankind crawls closer to enlightenment or extinction. Plenty of moral questions arise regarding Nexus 5 and its applications and through this lens Crux is highly socially relevant. Like the best of Michael Crichton's work, it forces readers to sit and consider the risks and rewards of technology.

Sure, there's some introspection, but there's also a lot of fun to be had. Crux is filled with bounty hunters, terrorists, hired guns, enhanced special agents, and more. It's always a joy to read about Sam applying her trans-human attributes to wet work. Feng, the Confucian Fist, and Kevin Nakamura of the CIA are also hardcore brawlers as evidenced by two pretty high-octane action sequences nearing the end of the novel. If Naam carries on Crichton's tradition when it comes to theoretical science, he also channels Tom Clancy to considerable effect when it comes to action. Action sequences are clean and precise and saturated with cool tech and collateral damage. Both Nexus and Crux heavily feature action but the finale of Crux suggests that the human/post-human war is yet to come - and it will be apocalyptic. Crux thrusts readers into a variety of colorful settings, from Shanghai to Burma and Vietnam. Naam did a wonderful job bringing Ho Chi Minh City to life as a vibrant and strange destination.

I consider the variety Naam displays to be a major selling point for this series. Not only are the locations unique, but Crux offers multiple beliefs, lifestyles, and backgrounds. This is not some whitewashed, homogeneous thriller. Heterosexuals and homosexuals, technophiles and luddites, Americans and Chinese and Indian, there's a wide array of diversity represented.

Crux is a model sequel, a novel that builds off of the success of the original rather than trying to imitate it. Naam is writing one of the most exciting thrillers I have ever encountered - crafting a near future that holds as much promise as it does menace. This could usher in a new wave of cyberpunk, a socially relevant shot to the frontal lobe. I hope the overlords of Angry Robot Books are smart enough to lock this series down for the long run, because I need more.

Nick Sharps
SF Signal
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Thoughtful Thriller 27 août 2013
Par Kent Peterson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
In his first novel, Nexus, Ramez Naam burst onto the science fiction stage with a terrific book filled with credible augmented humans set in a fascinating future. Nexus was a thoughtful thrill-ride that came to a very satisfying, action-packed conclusion. In his latest novel, Crux, Naam takes his readers further into a world changed by Nexux, the mind-linking, mind-enhancing technology combining nano-technology, pharmacology and software.

Crux is a thoughtful thriller. While the book is filled with gunfire, assassinations, fist fights, carbon fiber and nano drones, once again it is the very human struggles that propel the story. Crux is fundamentally a story about power, the powers of the government and the powers of the individual.

The events in Crux take place six months after the events that made up the story in Nexus. Naam vividly describes both great good and great evil made possible by Nexus enhancement. Some people are empowered, some are addicted, some are enslaved. Naam is very good at writing conflicted characters, showing how evil can come from good intentions, how good people can fail and how hard choices can be.

Naam never lets philosophy get in the way of a good story. While his characters do battle with their consciences, they are mostly busy trying to stay alive and the story zips right along. Naam does manage to find the time to add small bits of humor to his tale, including a great scene where an enhanced Chinese clone and a grizzled CIA operative compare battle scars. Another great running joke are the repeated scenes where the reader is shown that running Bruce Lee software in your head doesn't make you Bruce Lee.

Crux does the work of great science fiction, it makes the reader look closely and critically at what kind of world we are building here and now. In Crux, Naam doesn't let the reader off with easy answers. Instead he gives them fascinating questions, compelling characters and one hell of a story.

(Note: I was fortunate enough to receive an Advance Reader Copy for this review.)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrible Kindle formatting 24 septembre 2013
Par Dawn Bustanoby - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I am 10% into the book and am very bothered by the terrible Kindle formatting. Chapter breaks are non-existent. Many paragraphs lack indentation at the first sentance. Breaks in the story that would be marked by blank lines or starting new ideas on the next page in a paper book just don't exist on Kindle. These are not rare occurrences, but are found at least every few pages. They make it difficult to tell when characters or settings change. It makes for a very frustrating read. Not worth the kindle price for such poor quality formatting. These problems exist on kindle or ipad and have been reported by multiple friends reading the book!so it's not just a corrupt copy. Please fix this, Amazon! It's embarrassing for you and the author alike.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 edge-of-your-seat thriller with no easy answers 27 août 2013
Par molly - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
In this sequel to the widely-acclaimed "Nexus", Naam explores a world struggling to incorporate the widely available (if still very illegal) nanodrug Nexus. As the population using Nexus grows, so does the cast of characters - including Kade's friends Rangan Shankari and Ilya Alexander, a transhumanist terrorist, autistic children, and a government scientist increasingly addicted to the Nexus in his brain.

It's a gloriously dark tale where no one is safe, and no one is right. It's obvious Naam is an optimist, but reality keeps getting in the way. Characters you love make bad decisions for noble reasons, while characters you want to hate compel you with their tortured humanity. It's a fast-paced action thriller that will leave you giggling, crying, and begging for more.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Too much action comes at a price 27 décembre 2013
Par Jared Kobos - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I really enjoyed Nexus, and was eagerly waiting for this sequel. But while the result is pretty decent, it doesn't quite measure up to the original, and Naam made some disappointing decisions.

In particular, I think Crux may have been the victim of its predecessor's success. Nexus was praised for its thrills and action, and I believe the movie rights have already been sold. Naam seems to be trying to be trying to build on this, and as a result Crux reads like a screenplay draft for the kind of action movie that gets reviewed as an "edge of your seat thrill ride," where the action cuts rapidly between scenes and things like "THE WHITE HOUSE -- 18:30 GMT" are displayed in a quasi-military font at the bottom of the screen.

That's fine as far as it goes, and obviously the other reviewers here love their suspense, but it comes at a cost. Most of Nexus's subtleties have been smoothed over to keep the action pumping. All governments are corrupt and evil, the villains are unsympathetic caricatures, and philosophical differences are most often resolved with missiles. It's really a shame: one of the more intriguing subplots made it seem as though the CIA was trying to save Kaden from the less trustworthy branches of the DHS. Since the CIA in popular fiction is almost always a bunch of scheming lunatics, giving them the moral high ground would have been a nice touch. Unfortunately, Ramez Naam has already written a novel in which much of the U.S. government is corrupt and evil, and the easiest way to ramp up the suspense is for the entire government to be evil. So it turns out that, of course, the CIA was just plotting to control Nexus like everyone else.

There is still some time spent on Kaden and Sam's character development, but too much of the emotional content is cheap and heavy-handed, to save time for more thrills and suspense. Sam and the other good guys spend a lot of their time talking about how much they love children, or else gazing with adoration at beautiful children suffused with joy. The bad guys spend most of their time looking around with cold empty eyes, talking about how children using Nexus aren't human, and ordering their torture and extermination.

Everything has been taken up a notch, unfortunately past the point of credibility. "Oh my God, the President was behind everything all along!" was good fun when I was playing Metal Gear Solid in my parents' basement as a teenager, but I'm an adult now and it seems a little silly. One of the cornerstones of the plot is a laughably transparent government conspiracy. How laughable, you ask? Well, it happens to be the exact plot device used in Quentin Tarantino's Machete, a movie intended as an over-the-top caricature of cheesy action films. Yet this conspiracy is treated as serious business, and when the Big Reveal happens near the climax, we're evidently supposed to be surprised. The Big Reveal is carried out by having a villain considerably less sympathetic than Hitler gloat about his plans, only to have the confession caught on video and released to the press. And yes, this is again exactly how it played out in Machete, except here we get to use the phrase "false flag" a lot, which is nice.

The other main antagonist is a brilliant man (Shiva) with a history of hardship and abuse, who sees Nexus as the road to a posthuman future and is willing to take extreme measures to get there. He and Kaden develop mutual respect and admiration for each others' abilities and goals, but eventually Kaden decides that Shiva's disregard for freedom and human life is too high a price. Shiva likewise decides that Kaden is too naive to succeed, and the two become grudging adversaries. If you think this sounds an awful lot like Professor Xavier and Magneto, you're not alone. The main difference is that Magneto's back story was far more plausible. When you have an Indian man named Shiva (very subtle!) who was born into the Untouchable caste, rose against the odds to become a billionaire, suffered unspeakable abuse and witnessed unfathomable horror; and then this man ends up in a flowing white robe, standing atop his island fortress/mansion with his arms opened to the heavens proclaiming his godhood, whatever else you call it you have lost all claim to realism. You do, however, have a Bond villain with an island fortress just begging to be assaulted by autonomous drones and AI-guided missiles fired at Mach 8, which I'm sure will look fabulous in IMAX 3D. So there's that.

The theme that's developing here is that this is more of a comic book than a novel, just without any pictures. That's ok, and it was enough fun to keep me entertained. But while government overreach and security paranoia are real problems, having an evil President whose top adviser is basically Hitler is not a realistic or thoughtful way to explore these problems. One of the things that made Nexus great was its enthusiastic depiction of minds brought into contact through technology. But Nexus (the nanotech) has become something of a superpower in Crux, with any of several major characters able to instantly assume complete control over anyone else's mind. Again, this is no longer a thoughtful exploration of the topic. Naam has been called Michael Crichton's successor, and I hope he isn't trying to live up to that title: we don't need another Crichton, but we really could use another Vernor Vinge, and Naam is up to the task if he wants to try.

(A brief note about the edition and prose: The Kindle edition doesn't have good separation between sections of chapters. Since the POV changes so rapidly, this often leads to confusion. One character will be thinking something in Thailand, and suddenly bullets will be flying towards another character in Washington, and it just looks like contiguous paragraphs.

Also, some sections of the prose would have benefited from additional editing. There are a few chapters narrated from a child's point of view, and Naam's approach to a child's thought process is to use caps lock a lot. It isn't very successful. There is also an unfortunate passage at the end of the book where two news anchors are discussing the release of direct evidence of the biggest and most diabolical government conspiracy in the history of America. They do this using stereotypical, stilted newscaster language that is hackneyed and doesn't at all fit. "Apparently, Bob, the President has been torturing children. But that's not all, is it Bob? That's right, Joe, there's more! This will really harm the President's reelection chances, don't you think?" and so on.)
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