We’re delighted to be sharing Elena’s thoughts about Agency by William Gibson.
Agency is the follow up to the science-fiction epic in The Peripheral and although I haven’t read the first novel, it can easily be read as a standalone book. The author takes inspiration from recent world events.
The book has two separate timelines: one set in an alternative recent history where Brexit didn’t actually happen and Hilary Clinton was made President instead of Trump. Verity is dealing with the fact that digital assistant Eunice is more intelligent than anyone could ever have ever imagined. There is also instability in the Middle East with concerns that recent terrorist attacks in Syria could lead to nuclear catastrophe.
Meanwhile, the second timeline takes place in apocalyptic London where Wilf Netherton works amidst other survivors. His boss Ainsley Lowbeer can look into different pasts and change their outcomes and Verity and Eunice become the focus of their attentions.
This is an explosive, innovative and riveting book which is full of action and an interesting writing style. Its scarily close to reality and while reading it you cannot help but imagine what goes on in the book happening in real life. It makes for some uncomfortable reading in parts but this doesn’t detract from the fact that it’s an enjoyable read.
Although not a genre I would normally choose I enjoyed this book in large part because of the interesting characters and premise.
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- Reading Log
- Publishing Soon
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William Gibson is the award-winning author of Neuromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive, The Difference Engine, with Bruce Sterling, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow’s Parties and Pattern Recognition. William Gibson lives in Vancouver, Canada. Twitter @GreatDismal