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In his third novel, Gibson starts with four disparate threads: 13-year-old Kuniko Yanaka is flown to secluson in London by her powerful Japanese gangster father; 30-something vagrant Slick Henry hangs out in an abandoned New Jersey warehouse, building robots while his "landlord" Gentry tries to discern the shape of cyberspace; megastar Angela Mitchell tries to recover her equilibrium in Malibu and decide her next career move after undergoing drug detox in Jamaica; and 16-year-old (maybe) Cleveland native Mona Lisa is pimped by her boyfriend Eddy in Florida. Since Mona looks a lot like Angie, her pimp sells her to a secret organization that has a plastic surgeon alter her looks even further. Mitchell's family and romantic background involves creators of, and intelligences that inhabit, large chunks of cyberspace, and the four disparate plotlines steadily come together over the course of this novel, set (I am guessing) in the mid to late 21st century.
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   method of control Robots, Computers, VR    -   Yes Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:    -   good robot(s)    -   virtual reality Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   prostitute Age:    -   a teen


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a lot of techical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   little dialog

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