Snow Crash starts off with a bang. The base story is pretty good and Neal Stephenson keeps an excellent pace with a few twists and turns – some expected, some not. The protagonist of this cyberpunk science fiction tale is Hiro Protagonist (yeah, my thoughts exactly), failed pizza delivery boy in reality and a katana wielding warrior hacker (the term ronin comes to mind) in the Metaverse. The Metaverse is an immersive online world in which about half the story occurs. Hiro’s sidekick is a 15-year old skateboard courier who goes by the name of Y.T. (Yours Truly). As would be expected, the skateboard like all other gear is “futurized” with a whole host of features that one would expect to find in a typical sci-fi thriller. Juanita plays Hiro’s former love-interest and fellow hacker. There’s the megalomanic who wants to control the world by way of a computer virus and his henchmen and the Summerian myth with its rather odd metaphors that beg interpretation, which is of course provided by our hero and his lady. Somewhere around the final third of the book, things kind of go sideways – not in the story itself, rather in the narrative. It would seem that the author tired of the task at hand and failed to put much effort into the climax, which turned out to be rather anti-climactic. The end result is that the final third of the book is a big letdown.
Verdict: Give it a miss. There are better reads out there, from the same author no less.