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In the Nevada desert, in the near future, a brilliant biologist and single mother named Naomi Chiang sets off a chain reaction that threatens to bring the networked world to its knees. When her seventeen-year-old son, Colt, who spends most of his time in the comfort of virtual reality, secretly releases her latest findings—a process for regrowing human tissue—Colt’s estranged father crashes into their lives again, backed by the secretive security organization he heads. The U.S. government wants Naomi’s research . . . and her son, who must leave the virtual sphere to discover the pleasures—and pains—of a life fully lived. Page-turning and thought-provoking, Connect is a whip-smart novel that explores what connection—both human and otherwise—might be in a digital age. It is a story of mothers and sons; but it is also about you, your phone, and the world to come.
About the Author
Julian Gough is the author of the novels Juno & Juliet, Jude in Ireland, Jude in London, and Connect; a poetry collection, Free Sex Chocolate; three children’s books; and the narrative ending the computer game Minecraft. A winner of the BBC National Short Story Award and the Prix Livrentête, he has been shortlisted twice for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize, once for a Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award, and twice for an Irish Book of the Year Award. He lives in Berlin.
“Absurdly brilliant. . . . A mind-expanding technothriller with a hotly beating human heart.” —Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room
"Dazzling. . . . Propulsive and engrossing." —The Guardian
“Propulsively paced and ingeniously twisting. . . . A hyperactive, adrenaline-junkie dystopian thriller.” —The Times (London)
“A wonderful novel, a tour de force.” —Joseph O’Connor, author of Star of the Sea
“Unfolds in the deadly but jaunty style of a Hollywood action thriller . . . A gonzo hybrid between The Matrix and Fifty Shades of Grey, written in its best moments with the pace and wit of Dave Eggers's The Circle.” —The Observer (London)
“Instantly convincing. . . . Powerful, playful. . . . What feels so fresh is that this predictive novel avoids even a hint of the usual doomsday clichés. . . . Connect will subtly change the way you see the world.” —The Sunday Times (London)
“Connect really is a work of genius. It confronts and explores the nature of humanness and existence in a thrilling, immersive, addictive way, and marks Julian Gough out as a prophet among writers.” —Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart
“Imagines a world of systems within systems in which the alteration of a few human cells could have far-reaching and astounding effects on the universe. Recommended for those who enjoy near-future speculation coupled with an engaging and effective exploration of a fractured family.” —Booklist
“A teenager rewires his brain to ramp up his cognitive skills in this near-future techno-thriller. . . . Thought-provoking.” —Kirkus Reviews