The Diamond Age

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Penguin Adult, 1996 - Fiction - 512 pages
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Decades into our future, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has just broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful Neo-Victorians. He's made an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called a young lady's illustrated primer, designed to raise a girl capable of thinking for herself. Unfortunately, for Hackworth, he loses his smuggled copy to a gang of street urchins in a mugging. One of the young thugs presents the primer to his little sister, Nell and suddenly her life - and perhaps the whole future of humanity - is about to be decoded and reprogrammed... vividly imagined, stunningly prophetic, and epic in scope, The Diamond Age is a major novel from one of the most visionary writers of our time.

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Liked it; good writer. - Goodreads
good book, but the ending was so-so - Goodreads
This is a great story, great setting and plot. - Goodreads
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Review: The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

User Review  - Sean Lynn - Goodreads

I really like it. There are subtle hints that it's in the same universe as Snowcrash, just many years later. I liked the characters and the ideas of the tribes and the analysis of culture, but I ... Read full review

Review: The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer

User Review  - Meghan - Goodreads

I really wanted to like this book more, especially after thoroughly enjoying Snow Crash. The most appealing part of this book is the fantastic technology, settings, and societies Stephenson crafts ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Neal Stephenson has published four novels: The Big U, Zodiac, Snow Crash and The Diamond Age. For the last of these he won a 1996 Hugo Award. He also writes (with J. Frederick George) as 'Stephen Bury'. Their books are Interface and Cobweb. Most of his books are published in Penguin. He lives in Seattle, where he is at work on other novels.

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