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From the author of Juno & Juliet, Connect reboots the classic story of a family coming apart at the seams for our looming era of mass surveillance, virtual reality, and miraculous biotechnology.

In the Nevada desert, in the near future, a family crisis sets off a chain reaction that threatens to bring the networked world to its knees. It starts in the home of Naomi Chi
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Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: August 14th 2018 by Nan A. Talese (first published January 25th 2018)
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    “Read Connect by the absurdly brilliant Julian Gough—a mind-expanding techno-thriller with a hotly beating human heart.”
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    Sean Randall
    May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "‘I’d like to invite you to dinner,’ he says.
    She laughs. Slides her thumbs into her pockets, rocks back and forth on her heels. ‘You’re sure you’re not busy? It’s kind of the end of the world right now.’"

    Wow. I really and totally felt 100% engaged with this book, and even though Colt's headspace is very different to that of any of the people that have gone before him in this kind of novel, you can feel enough that it's not a problem. it adds piquancy, and the progression of the story is almost u
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    SW7168
    May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Connect by Julian Gough is a very ambitious project. It seeks to map the human condition in the context of the greater universe and particularly its place amidst the rise of Artificial Intelligence. So, y’know… just Life, the Universe and Everything. That the author wraps these themes into a good old-fashioned, ripping yarn and pretty much succeeds in his attempt is truly commendable.
    It is set in the near future. In a sort of post-Orwellian nightmare, Naomi Chiang, a research scientist and divo
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    Adrian Harte
    Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A cracking read. Not sure I’ve ever read a book that incorporates Big Ideas so seamlessly. The pacing and drama of a thriller, the character depth of literary fiction, with the wit and depth of a popular science classic. The new bible of futurism.
    Mkittysamom
    Atoms Chemicals Biology Science and God.. Deep! This story digs down to the universal meaning of life and why we are here, as well as the questions of God and Universe and Man..! It’s clever! First I thought that it was a story about an autistic boy and his Mom, (Dad Works for Gov, and they are divorced)..but really it’s a utopian story set in the future. How the world can become a better place which is a nice break from the dystopian book trend and the world ending and humans messing everything ...more
    Marcel Krueger
    Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This book has been written by someone who, like Alex in A Clockwork Orange, processed the media and pop culture of the last decade unblinking. Put through the arts blender of Julian's brain, the result is a thrilling and naughty mix of sci-fi, thriller, coming-of-age and criticism of civilisation. An instant cult book and literally begging to be made into a movie.
    Andy
    Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Amazing! I would highly recommend this to anyone. 100%.
    Barry
    May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Full of plot holes, dodgy science and clumsy religious nonsense. But rewarding nonetheless.
    Marion
    May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    URGH.

    I really wanted to love this book because the cover is gorgeous, because it was going to look at a point of view I don't get to read a lot from, and the synopsis sounded great. But I wanted something with excitement and action and suspense all wrapped up in a layer of cool nerdy techy dystopian-ish discourse and I got none of these things.

    This book reads like the result of a session of intense intellectual masturbation, where a bunch of interesting concepts are thrown together without reall
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    Unseen Library
    Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I received a copy of Connect from Pan Macmillan Australia to review.

    For those looking for a darkly complex and intense techno-thriller, look no further than Connect by Julian Gough, a unique novel that also critiques future trends and humanity’s increasing reliance on technology.

    In the very near future, computer technology has been incorporated into nearly everything, linking the world and helping with all aspects of day to day life. In Nevada, awkward young teen Colt is a talented hacker living
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    Kevin Holmes
    Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is the book I feel where Julian find's his voice, the book he was meant to write. I've read a few of the (mostly positive) reviews in the media that mention some clunky and slightly crude elements and if I'm honest I can see where they are coming from. But ultimately this is an exciting novel chock full of important and relevant ideas, but more than that it is kind and hopeful in a world where such qualities can sometimes seem to be in short supply. (Also am I the only one who can see it wo ...more
    Gerard Villegas
    Nice potential but falls flat in several places. Ending is too long winded with unnecessary add-ons and overall starts to drag. Then again this is the Matrix and I took the wrong pill.
    Just This
    not nearly as funny as gough's earlier works, but interesting characters, and a thoughtful, but also exciting, story
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    Julian Gough is an award winning author of funny stories about serious things. He won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2007 (when it was the biggest prize in the world for a single short story). His “The iHole” was shortlisted for the one-off BBC International Short Story Award in 2012. He has also been shortlisted, twice, for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

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