Review: The Peripheral by William Gibson

I really liked William Gibson’s Neuromancer and have always meant to pick up another of his books. So I had to bring home The Peripheral when I saw it at the library while picking up my on-hold books…

Review: The Peripheral by William GibsonThe Peripheral by William Gibson
Published by Penguin Books on October 28th 2014
ISBN: 9780399158445
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 496
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there’s a job he’s supposed to do — a job Flynne didn’t know he had. Beta-testing part of a new game, he tells her. The job seems to be simple: work a perimeter around the image of a tower building. Little buglike things turn up. He’s supposed to get in their way, edge them back. That’s all there is to it. He’s offering Flynne a good price to take over for him. What she sees, though, isn’t what Burton told her to expect. It might be a game, but it might also be murder.

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drey’s thoughts:

I so wanted to love this book. The premise is so interesting, especially for someone who loves technology and games like I do. (Yes, I do other things besides read lol)

Unfortunately, The Peripheral left me confused and discombobulated, even 120 (or so) pages in. I liked Flynne – she’s tough, and you know I like solid, tough characters – but couldn’t figure out what got her going, what gets Flynne out of bed every morning? And, I definitely didn’t get Wulf. How did he fit in with what happened? How is what he’s doing with that crime family, fit with, or fix, the jam he’s in? Because he’s in some sort of jam, or he wouldn’t be scurrying around talking to all sorts, and etc. etc. etc…

I’m bummed. The Peripheral‘s beginning really caught my attention. And I guess I’m also a bit ticked that I’m not going to find out what happened, whodunnit, and why. But after picking up The Peripheral about half a dozen times, I have to call it a day.

drey’s rating: Did not finish

Have you read The Peripheral? What did you think? And please send me a message and let me know what happened!


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