Book Review | Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone

book cover Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne GladstoneAfter reading the synopsis, I was pretty anxious for this book to come out. The premise is great, but the execution is lacking. Notes from the Internet Apocalypse chronicles the “adventures” of a late 30’s Jameson drinking single male in New York City when the internet goes down, indefinitely. First his cyber blogger friend arrives at his doorstep from the West Coast. As they hunt for the internet (as if it will be hidden in a closet somewhere) they make friends with a 24 year old Australian punk chic in Central Park. The mismatched threesome’s bonds are tested as they combat the terrors of the new age – a psychic librarian, a totalitarian police regime, and Christians against the proclaimed Internet Messiah.

This book is pretty easy to get into and the story flows fairly well, but it’s overly coincidental and focuses on the wrong plot points. For example, a major storyline is pornography and how people go about getting their fix since the disappearance of the net. (I did not want to read about this). I thought something was going to happen eventually, but nothing really did. More than a start to end story, it was a rambling journal from the main character about what he encountered daily. The biggest cop-out was the ending. I’m sure other readers may have differing opinions, but I’d say this one’s not really worth your time. I picked this book because I enjoyed Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and Ready Player One, but it’s not in the same league. Maybe Gladstone should stick with magazine pieces – no offense.

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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