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I first read this in August 1996 and most recently on the 4th March 2002
In the 2020's, America has been through a revolution or two, it's still
holding on, but barely functional. Technology continues to
improve, promising solutions with the next breakthrough, yet society is
failing and vast tracts of land have been become uninhabitable. The weather
systems, in particular, are out of control.
Alejandro Unger, "Alex", is messed-up German-Mexican rich kid. He's always
in search of a remedy, legal or not, for his allergies, his dismal health.
He's a junkie for medication.
Rescued, against his will, from the clinic at which he is undergoing a
radical medical treatment, he is forced to join his opinionated and
impassioned sister and her new-found friends, the Storm Troope.
The Storm Troupe are hurricane-hunters. They're scientists and
adrenalin-freaks who live for the data and the excitement of the next
storm. Led by brilliant but obsessed Jerry Mulcahey, they believe in,
dream about and fear the imminent arrival of the mother of all hurricanes.
To survive, Alex must somehow become accepted in this group, but then to
Alex, survival has never been of particular importance.
This book really is rather good, a very exciting coming-of-age story in a
wild future America.
I'd just finished rereading John Barnes "Mother of Storms" (also an
excellent book). That's written from many viewpoints and it felt oddly
limiting to be reading this book with the single (well, almost) viewpoint
of Alex, deeply cool dude though he is.
What's it got? cyberpunk attitude, genuine humour, nanotechnology, minimal
sex but some cool medications and very big weather systems.
Also, as in all the best cyberpunk, it makes welcome reference to Thai pop
Loaded on the 10th April 2002.