What a great book. Snow Crash is a cyberpunk adventure with an interesting twist, that ancient Sumerian language and it’s strange programming-code-like structure could be used as a form of sinister mind control on the cyberspace-dwelling denizens of a dystopian future. This premise alone was enough to get me interested, but what really made it such an effective story was the cleverly crafted world and the unusually sarcastic and sometimes satirical approach to it.
This is a world where the main character is named Hiro Protagonist (yes, really). Hiro starts off as a down on his luck cyberspace hacker who is also a samurai and a pizza delivery man for the mafia. He quickly loses this job though, as he finds himself wrapped up in a grand conspiracy involving the previously mentioned Sumerian-based threat that seems to suddenly be plaguing the hacking community. This threat is known as Snow Crash, and oddly enough it seems to be both a virus in cyberspace and a drug in the real world.
Hiro needs to find out what the connection is and what this mysterious new threat means for the world, and along the way he’ll need to navigate the suburb city-states, sacrifice zones, and other strange real world locations, explore the wild world of cyberspace, and learn a lot about the strange religious and linguistic history of the ancient Sumerians. It’s quite a strange tale and it’s full of fittingly colorful characters and a lot of very clever and compelling details about what a dystopian future might look like.
An utterly fascinating story that consistently kept me excitedly interested. I’d highly recommend it to anyone with any interest in cyberpunk.