The Cloud is an exhilarating, cutting-edge thriller from Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times technology and science reporter Matt Richtel.
When the next generation of technology seeps into the brains of the next generation of people, former medical student turned journalist Nat Idle must investigate and stop the invasion.
In the tradition of Lisa Gardner, Steve Berry, and Joseph Finder, Richtel has delivered a whip-smart page-turner that melds cutting-edge science with a technological mystery and a shocking finale. A deftly told tale, the scariest part of The Cloud is how close to reality it could be.
The Cloud, the second in the Nat Idle series, includes a bonus short story, "Floodgate."
Richtel's exciting third novel featuring Nathaniel "Nat" Idle (after Devil's Plaything) finds the San Francisco reporter literally shoved into an investigation that explores the ramifications of the vast technological changes being wrought by the ways data can be manipulated, presented, and stored in the Cloud. While Idle is waiting for a subway train, an apparently drunken stranger knocks him down on the platform before stumbling off, leaving Idle with a cracked head. The man drops a piece of paper with Idle's name on it and that of Sandy Vello. A concussed Idle quizzes a helpful witness, Googles Vello, and finds a recent obituary, with links to PRISM Corp. and juvenile prison Twin Peaks. In his quest for answers, Idle finds himself trailed both physically and electronically, assaulted and concussed again, and led into a technological world of marvels and horrors. Richtel's woozy hero, often unsure what is real and what imagined, is an appropriate guide through this frightening, well-envisioned Cloud of the future.
This book is Matt Richtel's best yet, in my opinion. The gripping and relentlessly fast-paced story concerns the effects of modern technology on the brains of our children. The hero is Nat Idle, whom we know from previous books. This time he is even more sympathetic, revealing his intelligence and his vulnerability at once. We keep hoping he will figure out exactly what is happening and why before something terrible happens. I can't wait to talk about the Cloud with my book club and then will hope to see Nat Idle's story continue in future work by this author.
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My only comment (and I like the previous fast paced thrill rides that the author delivers) is that he failed to specify which clouds he is writing about. Is it an altocumulus lenticularis cloud or more of a noctilucent? Regardless I am certain I will buy more than just one copy! Hopefully there are a few pictures. And a good bibliography at the end. Thank you for continuing to write.