The Diamond Age

Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra Book) (A Bantam spectra book)

Paperback, 512 pages

English language

Published May 2, 2000 by Spectra.

ISBN:
9780553380965
OCLC Number:
44967380

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4 stars (17 reviews)

The story of an engineer who creates a device to raise a girl capable of thinking for herself reveals what happens when a young girl of the poor underclass obtains the device.

24 editions

Simultaneously better and worse than Snow Crash

4 stars

I have to say, this was a fun read. And like the author's book Snow Crash from 3 years prior, it features a young girl protagonist, nation-state world-building, a sometimes awkward treatment of Asia, and sections of excessive violence.

In some ways, the book aged a lot better than Snow Crash. The world has made VR a thing which means a lot of the computer-related predictions from Snow Crash feel laughable, but we're nowhere near the level of nanotechnology in A Diamond Age. Snow Crash is a book of the 90s. The Diamond Age feels good even today.

Where this book let me down, however, was in how the plot was woven together. There are a lot of interesting characters that never get the attention they should. I don't demand that all plot threads get tied up in a nice neat bow (I think Anathem even went a bit too โ€ฆ

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5 stars

Such a wild ride. I loved this book. Things that were great here: the light dive into some computer topics, the well written characters, the distant and imaginative future society.There's so much to love about this book. Hard to believe this was written in the 90s!
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Subjects

  • American Science Fiction And Fantasy
  • Fiction
  • Fiction - Science Fiction
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  • Science Fiction - General
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