Agency - William Gibson

Agency

By William Gibson

  • Release Date: 2020-01-21
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 357 Ratings

Description

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“ONE OF THE MOST VISIONARY, ORIGINAL, AND QUIETLY INFLUENTIAL WRITERS CURRENTLY WORKING”* returns with a sharply imagined follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The Peripheral.

 
William Gibson has trained his eye on the future for decades, ever since coining the term “cyberspace” and then popularizing it in his classic speculative novel Neuromancer in the early 1980s. Cory Doctorow raved that The Peripheral is “spectacular, a piece of trenchant, far-future speculation that features all the eyeball kicks of Neuromancer.” Now Gibson is back with Agency—a science fiction thriller heavily influenced by our most current events.
 
Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and a canny grasp of combat strategy. Realizing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know how powerful and valuable Eunice is, Verity instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t.
 
Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, in a different time line entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can’t: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it.
 
*The Boston Globe

Reviews

  • Just meh from my fav author

    2
    By I4mH4wth0rn3
    Just finished it just to finish it. It didn’t do anything interesting just described a rough night getting to a party. Yeah, lots of metaphor about what it means to have agency but boringly done.
  • Agency- William Gibson

    3
    By shoobopalooba
    Serious let down. I’ve read ‘The Peripheral’ several time and always find something new. This sequel seemed disjointed to me compared to book one; none of the new characters have enough time ‘on stage’ to really develop, and older characters make what I’d call guest appearances. I’ve read every Gibson book- This is my first disappointment.
  • Agency by William Gibson

    1
    By gatodak
    His least electrifying novel.
  • Gibson almost as good as his younger seld

    4
    By JSZermus
    Gibson’s first few books were and still are phenomenal works; they are must reads. Agency is very good, but not phenomenal. Lots of cool new ideas, great action and characters, and still better than most writers in the genre. Absolutely worthy the money and time.