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The Cloud

Matt Richtel

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A late-night accident on a San Francisco subway platform has altered Nat Idle's reality. But then, there are no accidents.

Disoriented and bloodied after a near-deadly fall onto the subway tracks, freelance journalist Nat Idle discovers that a beautiful stranger has come to his aid . . . and that the burly man who barreled into him had intended to do Nat harm. What he doesn't know is why—and his quest for answers leads him to uncover a handful of mysterious deaths, and a bizarre neurological disorder plaguing Bay Area children . . . as he ventures ultimately into the Cloud.

In a brave new world, the Cloud is where we store data, secrets, dreams. But it is something more—something insidious with the power to change not just how we interact with the world, but our behavior, and brains. Nat, in search of the truth, finds himself lost in a psychedelic maze, discovering things that cannot possibly be, realizing there is no one and nothing he can trust . . . not even his own mind.

Publishers Weekly Review

Aug 25, 2014 – Richtel's exciting third novel featuring Nathaniel "Nat" Idle (after Devil's Plaything) finds the San Francisco reporter literally shoved into an investigation that explores the ramifications of the vast technological changes being wrought by the ways data can be manipulated, presented, and stored in the Cloud. While Idle is waiting for a subway train, an apparently drunken stranger knocks him down on the platform before stumbling off, leaving Idle with a cracked head. The man drops a piece of paper with Idle's name on it and that of Sandy Vello. A concussed Idle quizzes a helpful witness, Googles Vello, and finds a recent obituary, with links to PRISM Corp. and juvenile prison Twin Peaks. In his quest for answers, Idle finds himself trailed both physically and electronically, assaulted and concussed again, and led into a technological world of marvels and horrors. Richtel's woozy hero, often unsure what is real and what imagined, is an appropriate guide through this frightening, well-envisioned Cloud of the future.

Customer Reviews

Should be Good

My only comment (and I like the previous fast paced thrill rides that the author delivers) is that he failed to specify which clouds he is writing about. Is it an altocumulus lenticularis cloud or more of a noctilucent? Regardless I am certain I will buy more than just one copy! Hopefully there are a few pictures. And a good bibliography at the end. Thank you for continuing to write.

The Cloud

This book is Matt Richtel's best yet, in my opinion. The gripping and relentlessly fast-paced story concerns the effects of modern technology on the brains of our children. The hero is Nat Idle, whom we know from previous books. This time he is even more sympathetic, revealing his intelligence and his vulnerability at once. We keep hoping he will figure out exactly what is happening and why before something terrible happens. I can't wait to talk about the Cloud with my book club and then will hope to see Nat Idle's story continue in future work by this author.

The Cloud
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jan 29, 2013
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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