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Vurt by Jeff Noon
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Jun 01, 2012

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bookshelves: scifi-cyberpunk
Read from June 01 to 05, 2012

In a world of junkies who tweak out on feathers that jack you into dreams, or Vurt, orphaned teenager Scribble, a member of the Stash Riders gang of hoodlums, must ascend to the higher levels of Vurt, in order to retrieve his sister.

Appeals: cyberpunk, engaging alt-world, coming-of-age, quick-moving plot, action, sex, drugs.

Notes: Reminds me of M.T. Anderson's Feed in that both novels feature, teenagers under the influence, alt/tech elements, and a protagonist who is a little bit different from his peers.

Otherwise, Vurt is full of "slang" that didn't appeal to me, bestiality (albeit in "Vurt"), and an ending that I found unsatisfactory. I would recommend it to older teens w/ reservations and adults who are interested in early 90s incarnation of English cyberpunk.
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