The Peripheral by William Gibson

This was quite a difficult book to get into, which is probably how most William Gibson’s books begin for me. There is a significant shift in language stylistics in his writing compared to others that it takes me awhile to get into the flow and start understanding how the different characters are written. I think it took me some quarter of the way through to properly catch the flow.

The Peripheral tells its story from two different voices, Flynne, who stumbles into a murder while subbing for her brother; and Netherton, a publicist who lives some 70 years in Flynne’s future. Through some complicated tech, Netherton and his counterparts get in touch with Flynne and hers to solve the murder, and keep Flynne and her family safe.

To be honest, there didn’t seem to be much of a point to the entire story and is probably the weakest thing of Gibson’s I’ve read in terms of plot. Maybe the language was just too complex or everything else in the story just beyond overwhelming that it completely overshadowed the who what when why how of the murder. Perhaps that was the point, but then what was the real purpose of the story? The future communicating with the past? Pretty sure that’s been done many times before in more compelling ways. Mr Gibson, this really should have been better.

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