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Book Review – The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson

‘A brilliant, tricky, twenty-first-century version of Pygmalion’  – Guardian

The future is small . . . The future is nano . . .

And who could be teenier or more irrelevant than unfortunate Little Nell, an orphan girl alone and drifting in a world of Confucian Law, Neo-Victorian morals and opposing nano-technology?

Well, she’s not quite by herself. Nell has a friend, of sorts. A guide, a mentor, an armed and unarmed combat teacher, a book and even a computer. The ‘Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer’ is all these and so much more. It is forbidden, mystic and dangerous.

And it isn’t even Nell’s. It was taken. And now some very commanding people want to get their hands on this hugely desired object. Nell is about to find out that the world can feel very tiny indeed . . .

‘I love the main character Nell and enjoyed reading about her as she grew up, but with a really interesting and thought provoking twist.’ – BookLoverxx (Waterstones Review)

`A new era in science fiction. People will walk around slack-jawed for days and reemerge with a radically redefined sense of reality!’ – Bruce Sterling (Media Reviewer)

Available online and in book stores

Received 5 stars out of 5 in Waterstones

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