Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer By Neal Stephenson – Dystopian Books Review

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The Diamond Age

Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer

Neal Stephenson published the science fiction novel The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Primer in 1995. The author sets the story in the future world of nanotechnology and affects lives in different ways.

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Author:  Neal Stephenson

Genre: Science Fiction, Post Cyberpunk, Nanopunk

Pages: 455

Good reads rating:  4.19 of 5

My Ratings: 8.4/10

Published: 1995

Publisher: Bantam Spectra (U.S.)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer

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The story of The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer revolves around a girl named Nell. Nell, a person with no tribe, belongs to the lowest working class of society. Nell becomes four years old and receives a stolen copy of an interactive book titled ‘Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer: A Propaedeutic Enchiridion’. This book covers the story of a Princess named Nell and her friends. They originally sent the book to the granddaughter of New Victorian Equity Lord, Alexander Chung Sik Finkle McGraw.

The story unfolds the development of Nell under the tutelage of the Primer. They develop her like Elizabeth Finkel-McGraw and Fiona Hackworth. The Neo-Victorian girls received similar books. The primer develops and allow readers an interesting lifestyle and grow up to become an effective member of society. The readers move away from rebellion.

The engineer and designer of the primer, John Percival Hackworth, developed an illegal copy of the Primer for his own daughter, Fiona. As the story moves forward, it shows the social downfall of Hackworth. Nell started educating herself with the Primer. Nell’s brother Harv steals the book from Fiona and sells it in the black market. This leads to the exposure of Hackworth’s crime to Dr X and Lord Finkle-McGraw.

Miranda Redpath is the voice behind Nell’s Primer and she is practically the surrogate mother of Nell. Miranda begins her quest to locate Nell in person. This leads to Miranda’s associate, Carl Hollywood who take over the storyline of Nell’s Primer.

Final Say on Science Fiction Novel The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer

The book covers many educational accounts and maps the individual experience of Nell. The Diamond Age explores the rare side of technology and personal child development of relationships. The book covers an amazing story and describes the effects of nanotechnology in different aspects of life in an entertaining way.

The novel offers an interesting storyline and receives an 8.4 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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