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Connect: Thriller - deutschsprachige Ausgabe

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"Colt is a teenage boy, the only child of divorced parents, living in Nevada. For all his brilliance, he is impossible at school and is being home-schooled by his mother. At least in theory. His mother is a biologist, on the verge of a major scientific breakthrough; his father works for a mysterious government agency that isn't supposed to exist. Socially awkward and ...more
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Published September 16th 2019 by C. Bertelsmann Verlag (first published January 25th 2018)
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Sean Randall
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"‘I’d like to invite you to dinner,’ he says.
She laughs. Slides her thumbs into her pockets, rocks back and forth on her heels. ‘You’re sure you’re not busy? It’s kind of the end of the world right now.’"

Wow. I really and totally felt 100% engaged with this book, and even though Colt's headspace is very different to that of any of the people that have gone before him in this kind of novel, you can feel enough that it's not a problem. it adds piquancy, and the progression of the story is almost
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SW7168
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connect by Julian Gough is a very ambitious project. It seeks to map the human condition in the context of the greater universe and particularly its place amidst the rise of Artificial Intelligence. So, y’know… just Life, the Universe and Everything. That the author wraps these themes into a good old-fashioned, ripping yarn and pretty much succeeds in his attempt is truly commendable.
It is set in the near future. In a sort of post-Orwellian nightmare, Naomi Chiang, a research scientist and
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Adrian Harte
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cracking read. Not sure I’ve ever read a book that incorporates Big Ideas so seamlessly. The pacing and drama of a thriller, the character depth of literary fiction, with the wit and depth of a popular science classic. The new bible of futurism.
Mkittysamom
Atoms Chemicals Biology Science and God.. Deep! This story digs down to the universal meaning of life and why we are here, as well as the questions of God and Universe and Man..! It’s clever! First I thought that it was a story about an autistic boy and his Mom, (Dad Works for Gov, and they are divorced)..but really it’s a utopian story set in the future. How the world can become a better place which is a nice break from the dystopian book trend and the world ending and humans messing everything ...more
Marcel Krueger
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been written by someone who, like Alex in A Clockwork Orange, processed the media and pop culture of the last decade unblinking. Put through the arts blender of Julian's brain, the result is a thrilling and naughty mix of sci-fi, thriller, coming-of-age and criticism of civilisation. An instant cult book and literally begging to be made into a movie.
Ronan O'Driscoll
Wow! What a ride. It's about 475 pages and I read it in a week. Gulped it down would be a better description. Bursting with ideas that tumble out at a fast pace. There is something very Irish about this science fiction novel set in Nevada that never mentions Ireland. It's got William Gibson and Roberto Calasso as well as excellent characterization of a single scientist mother and her autistic son. The autism is particularly well described and (for me) puts this book in that small library of ...more
Don Jimmy
2 or 3*. Still deciding. Review later.
Amanda
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connect is one of the most exciting books I have read in some time. I was engaged throughout. It explores the big topics of life, death and love in the near futuristic technological dependent world. The science and technical jargon would normally have been off putting to me, but the skilful storytelling tied it all together so well. The awkwardness and neuroses of the main characters and their transformation had me captivated from start to finish.
Maya
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF
The writing style wasn't for me, and the plot and characters didn't grab me enough to make up for it.
Andy
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! I would highly recommend this to anyone. 100%.
Jessica
Three words: started so well...
Courtney
Aug 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, audio, sci-fi
What a load of rubbish.

This book so slow, cringey and full of itself.

The Game and the world building is described with such pretentiousness it’s like the author thinks he invented the idea of AR.

The sex scenes were bizarre, unnecessary for the plot and frankly, kind of gross. They had a creepiness to them and took me out of this ‘future world’. The attempt at writing a female character is laughable. Mothers do worry about their children but I’ve never heard a woman say she was so relived her
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Marion
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
URGH.

I really wanted to love this book because the cover is gorgeous, because it was going to look at a point of view I don't get to read a lot from, and the synopsis sounded great. But I wanted something with excitement and action and suspense all wrapped up in a layer of cool nerdy techy dystopian-ish discourse and I got none of these things.

This book reads like the result of a session of intense intellectual masturbation, where a bunch of interesting concepts are thrown together without
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Barry
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of plot holes, dodgy science and clumsy religious nonsense. But rewarding nonetheless.
Megan Maine
Oct 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book, but unfortunately it just wasn't good. If I was the type of person to give up and stop reading a book this would be one. There was too much going on that did not relate to the plot or was added in for reasons I cannot fully figure out. Certain parts were overly sexualized and it did not need to be to make the story flow. Also the back and forth between different characters' points of view, quotes from various people, and the author but not the author (yes I ...more
Abbey
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I was expecting...
Nick
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I made it through this because it was a neat idea and the elements of the story were very cool, but overall this is a terrible book.

First and foremost the religion is slapped upside your head. I'm a Christian, Jesus is my Lord and Savior. This guy just blurts out stupid things. It is akin to when Louis L'amour writes about Sam the dog in Hondo. There is no subtlety, no metaphor. He sits on your chest and pounds into your face COLT is CHRIST. TECHNOLOGY is GOD. He treats the reader like a moron
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Unseen Library
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Connect from Pan Macmillan Australia to review.

For those looking for a darkly complex and intense techno-thriller, look no further than Connect by Julian Gough, a unique novel that also critiques future trends and humanity’s increasing reliance on technology.

In the very near future, computer technology has been incorporated into nearly everything, linking the world and helping with all aspects of day to day life. In Nevada, awkward young teen Colt is a talented hacker living
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Anne Goodwin
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Connect is a big book with big ideas about the potential for the future interface between humans and machines. Although I’m not sure I always followed the logic of the game world, where the final battle takes place, but I was happy to keep turning the page. Despite the boy’s-own-adventure arc and artificial intelligence theme, it’s an extremely human story about growing up, accepting limitations and learning to love. And I was moved by the optimistic slant on machine domination: with the ...more
Rebecca Powell
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fellow exile from my hometown in Ireland, I'm ashamed to admit I'd not heard of Julian till my mother sent me a copy of Connect complete with a personal message from Julian! Nice way to start a book! I wasn't sure what to expect with this book and overall I was pleasantly surprised. I'm being generous with 4 stars but the app won't let me give 3.5. He certainly brings his characters' fears and tensions to life and I found myself constantly in a heightened state in solidarity with them. What I ...more
Dave Jorgenson
Cyber-punk thriller. Set in the near future. It goes after big ideas. Works as a thriller. Some of the other elements? Not so much. Gets a little hand-wavy magic with the tech. But I get it. You're trying to think through where AI might be decades from now and how it works so it'll be hard to describe.

Makes some broad points on the big ideas but which ultimately felt vague and generic.

Has some cringe-inducing sex. With a good deal of male gaze especially with one female character who was there
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Alik Tam
Oct 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. So awfully cringe. Really hard to follow, like and far too (confusingly) overtly sexual at times. Have no clue what the author wanted their reader to feel when reading the story. Altogether there is no flow to the book, point of view changes too often and is very erratic. Themes collide with each other within minutes and, well, it's just not all that enjoyable to go through (especially with how cringe educing all the sexual stuff is). Honestly, it's so bad, awkward and annoying. And ...more
Kevin Holmes
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book I feel where Julian find's his voice, the book he was meant to write. I've read a few of the (mostly positive) reviews in the media that mention some clunky and slightly crude elements and if I'm honest I can see where they are coming from. But ultimately this is an exciting novel chock full of important and relevant ideas, but more than that it is kind and hopeful in a world where such qualities can sometimes seem to be in short supply. (Also am I the only one who can see it ...more
Harry
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really enjoyable book. It is a first rate cyber thriller with lots of new interesting ideas, mixed with short philosophical passages that make you think. The epigraphs are really interesting and well chosen. The characters develop and the book is paced carefully. You never lose interest but you don't have to read it in one go to keep track of a myriad of characters ... Just finished reading a disappointing new novel by Neal Stephenson - "Fall"
Peter Dickerson
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Connect by Julian Gough, 2018, 477 pages.
It is about evolution, love, and a teenage gaming programmer - who saved the world.
It was interesting and good fun. It is a page turner. I read it in a few days here, because it won’t stop raining. The actual book is very heavy, so it was a physical effort reading it as well.
I picked this book up at Cracked and Spineless. The cover caught my attention. I must have also looked at the back to see what it was about...
Claire
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I initially thought this was going to be a fast paced thriller involving a brilliant neuro-atypical boy caught up in high level security breaches. It’s not fast paced and quite wordy but transported me into a future world of in-game vs out-game where AI interfaces with human emotion.
Not my usual reading genre but I am glad I stuck with it and it offers some good for thought about our current human interactions and what the future may hold.
Jill Hamilton-Krawczyk
3.5 stars As a reader I had trouble connecting with Colt, the main character, but that was the point because Colt has a difficult time connecting with people. It’s an interesting concept for a story... imagine a mashup of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey and a darker version of Ready Player One with a little Skynet thrown in. Thank you Goodreads for choosing me as a winner in the giveaway! ...more
Amanda
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look into our future, Connect takes us down a path that looks at how we use technology to improve out everyday lives, but what happens when we've taught AI to become autonomous and how to think and feel? This book was slow getting started, but truly took off in inspiring ways. I love the System of Systems. His voice throughout carries this story beyond its end.
Evalyn
It's like Hemmingway and Steinbeck came together to write a sci-fi with some advisement from Dan Brown. Minimalistic style mixed with philosophical passages, with an injection of subtle cyberpunk and suspense. I really enjoyed this.

I won a copy in a Goodreads Giveaway and am so glad I did, was a great read.
Emilee Duran
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book, even if it was hard to focus at certain points. The ending, however, was incredibly lame and honestly kind of pissed me off.
This book was intellectual for the most part and the ending was like a fairy tale. I’m not sure if I would say it was worth the read, but if I could rate it more accurately, it would be a 3.5.
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Julian Gough is an award winning author of funny stories about serious things. He won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2007 (when it was the biggest prize in the world for a single short story). His “The iHole” was shortlisted for the one-off BBC International Short Story Award in 2012. He has also been shortlisted, twice, for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

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