Expansive. Readers who like big, sweeping novels with empathetic characters are those most likely to enjoy Neal Stephenson’s latest novel, Reamde. Over the course of a thousand thrilling pages, Stephenson introduces hackers, gamers, mobsters, a big extended family, MI6, and terrorists. The heroes and villains are drawn with sharp contrasts, and the virtual world provides a second dimension in which the action can proceed, although the global stage in the real world covers a lot of territory which Stephenson handles with aplomb. I found myself rooting for the heroes and turned pages quickly wanting to see how everything turned out.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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