Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash

By Neal Stephenson

  • Release Date: 1992-05-01
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 719 Ratings)


One of Time’s 100 best English-language novels • A mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous, you’ll recognize it immediately

Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison—a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age.

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse.

Praise for Snow Crash

“[Snow Crash is] a cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon’s Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole.”The San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the twenty-first century.”—William Gibson

“Brilliantly realized . . . Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow.”—The New York Times Book Review


  • Can’t Read it

    By MAG597
    I can’t change the justification for this book from full-jusitification to left-justification, and I physically can’t read it because of that. I really wish I could.
  • A Trip

    By Dwardeng
    Not quite the cult classic some think this novel is. There are some good ideas and the story moves quickly, but I found it a little disorganized in spots. Definitely worth reading however, more for it's uniqueness than anything else.
  • Funny, clever, and exciting

    By Jtrance47
    All in all this book is not only full of gripping and intense action, but it has a clever story sure to keep you invested. This book is essential for anyone interested is sci-fi stories
  • Snow Crash

    By jdgky
    The book was interesting. My only problem with Neal Stephenson's books is that he leaves large plot holes and introduces complex relationships and then tosses them as if they aren't important to the story. It is as if he wants to create a "freaky ride" but never knows how to finish the story. Maybe this is one book out of a series and I missed it. But this book takes a lot of patience.
  • Great, and yet not his greatest

    By Daveed V.
    I like Neal Stephenson’s writing a lot. He does a great job of digginf into contemporary ideas and stretching them just a bit (in this case, into the future) to achieve some fun and intelligent entertainment. He does someting similar in Cryptonomicon (also recommended) and Anathem (his best, as far as I’m concerned). His dramatization of history (Baroque Cycle, Mongoliad) is also top notch. Snow Crash is a “virtual reality” type of novel in the sense that some of the critical action occurs in a virtual world. It is more compelling than other such novels (notably Neuromancer) because the technical framework is believable (and, in fact, only a slight extrapolation from the technology at the time this book was written — two decades ago — and almost within reach today). Another core idea of the novel revolves around the notion of the human brain as a computational device… and that is worked out well too (without trying to explain too much).
  • First Stephenson book you should read

    By toolbear
    Neal Stephenson’s writing style isn’t for everyone. “Snow Crash” is the best book for you to sample and decide if Stephenson is your kind of author. It doesn’t have nearly as many of his signature excesses and tangents as his other books. That’s usually the hangup that people have with his writing style. As such, Snow Crash is a fast paced, fun ride with a good taste of things to come if you keep reading his works. Stephenson didn’t learn how to write a good denouement until his novel “Anathem”; expect a finale that is terse and possibly leaves you wanting a little more. Despite its quirks, I love this novel and have reread it a few times. If you enjoy “Snow Crash” I recommend “Diamond Age” as an immediate follow up.
  • Cell walls

    By Jen-1-77
    I can forgive a lot, but I just don't understand how a SCIENCE fiction book can screw up the basic components of cell biology. Plants cells have cell walls. Humans cells do not. I'm pretty sure that's 6th grade life science. Interesting dystopian world otherwise. Perhaps this is our deregulated future.
  • Very, very good! "Snow Crash" is a must read!

    By TwinsnakesSP
    My title says it all.
  • classic

    By divination23
    While some of the ideas in this book will seem dated, many have actually been invented! Great action packed novel that feels like a sci-fi movie. I'm keeping my paper back copy for my kids to read one day. This book got me reading again in highschool after a long time. I would recommend this to anyone who hates reading or has a subborn youth who doesn't enjoy reading.
  • Snow Crash

    By Bruce The Juice Davis
    Classic Neal Stephenson wit and an uproarious ride through a future that seems close enough to taste. I devour everything he writes, then I wait a while and read it again! Our best modern novelist.