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THE THRILLING NEW NOVEL FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF NEUROMANCER
'Dazzling, astoundingly inventive' The Times
'Wild, richly satisfying' Guardian
San Francisco, 2017. Clinton's in the White House, Brexit never happened - and Verity Jane's got herself a new job.
They call Verity 'the app-whisperer,' and she's just been hired by a shadowy start-up to evaluate a pair-of-glasses-cum-digital-assistant called Eunice. Only Eunice has other ideas.
Pretty soon, Verity knows that Eunice is smarter than anyone she's ever met, conceals some serious capabilities and is profoundly paranoid - which is just as well since suddenly some bad people are after Verity.
Meanwhile, in a post-apocalyptic London a century from now, PR fixer Wilf Netherton is tasked by all-seeing policewoman Ainsley Lowbeer with interfering in the alternative past in which Verity and Eunice exist. It appears something nasty is about to happen there - and fixing it will require not only Eunice's unique human-AI skillset but also a little help from the future.
A future which Verity soon fears may never be . . .
'One of our greatest science-fiction writers' New York Times
'Big-screen, popcorn-chewing thrills. What a glorious ride' Guardian
'Gibson is a prophet and a satirist, a black comedian and an astounding architect of cool' Spectator
'One of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working' Boston Globe
Cyberpunk pioneer Gibson disappoints with this inventive but jumbled prequel to The Periphery. In 2017, gifted "app whisperer" Verity Jane is hired to beta test a pair of eye-glasses that double as an artificial intelligence assistant named Eunice. As Eunice's personality and capabilities grow, Verity decides to hide the AI's rapid development from her mysterious new employers. She can't keep the secret for long, however, as agents from a century into the future descend to make sure that Eunice a misplaced technology from their time doesn't start a nuclear war. Though the writing is packed with intriguing concepts and characters, the scrambled timelines and shifting narrative perspective make an already complicated plot even harder to follow. The characters from the future fall flat, especially in comparison to the dynamic, fully-realized personalities of Verity and Eunice. Cyberpunk fans looking to dive into the "what-if's" of an alternate timeline will be as enraptured as ever by Gibson's imagination, but they'll be left with more questions than answers.