One of Time’s 100 best English-language novels • A mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous, you’ll recognize it immediately. Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison—a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse.
What an absolutely bonkers story. There’s some great concepts here, but a whole lot of stinkers as well. The Mary Sue is strong with this story as well, with a character literally named “Hero Protagonist” and some deep thought on the operating systems of our brains. Add in a completely silly mafia pizza situation and some incredibly naive concepts of government, it’s a fun read right up to the last chapter which sorta just ends without any kind of real closure. I feel this story could have gone a few more chapters to wrap everything up, but instead we got a “and then everyone was done, The End” type of ending.