|Plot Summary of Virtual Light|
After a short and troubled career as a cop in Tennessee, tough guy Berry Rydell moves to LA, becomes a security officer, and takes a free-lance job in the San Fran area. A teenage bicycle messenger named Chevette stole some high-tech VR glasses on a whim from a courier who shortly after turned up dead. Everyone's after the girl, who lives among the homeless and small businesses on the closed-down Bay Bridge (an environment which features in several other Gibson novels). Rydell and Chevette are thrown together by circumstances, battling his boss, some renegade Russian cops, and other baddies. There's also a charming spoof of a gated religious community living in trailers and worshiping the light of the cathode ray tube. The showdown takes place in virtual reality. This novel is a zippy scifi noir.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
Berry Rydell, rent-a-cop, and Chevette Washington, a bicycle messenger, living in post-apocalypse California, are on the run from a very bad man who they just acquired an interesting pair of specs from.
This synopsis report prepared by Christine G.
|Chapter Analysis of Virtual Light|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 30%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- cynical or dry-wit
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Robots, Computers, VR
Robot, PC, VR Plotlets:
- virtual reality
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- near future (later in 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
- some scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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