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In a time when everyone is obsessed with and defined by their online personas, this clever and sharp novel by Nikesh Shukla dares readers to question who they actually are when they're not on Facebook but rather face to face. Meatspace is the world of flesh and blood where you're physically present. It's the opposite of cyberspace. Kitab and Aziz are brothers living together in London who are as fully plugged in to the grid as it's possible to be. They obsessively check and update their many channels of connection, are slaves to the hourly updates, and are unable to last an entire conversation without checking their phones for texts, emails and Tweets.
Publisher: London : The Friday Project, ©2015
ISBN: 9780008137564
Branch Call Number: SHUKLA
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 20 cm


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Michael Colford Oct 31, 2015

Kitab's life it definitely in what you'd call a rut. His girlfriend dumped him, he left his job to write a book using the money from his inheritance generated by the insurance from his mother's death, which didn't sell. Now he spends his life largely in the apartment that he shares with his brother Aziz, surfing the web, checking his Facebook profile and tweeting carefully composed, arch comments. When he ignores a Facebook friend request from someone with the same name, he has no idea the chain of events that he has set off. Add to the, Aziz abruptly decides to leave London and take a wild quest to New York City.

Nikesh Shukla has created a fun, fast-paced tale for this latest generation, the one that lives their entire life online. Meatspace refers to the real world, the one where people interact face-to-face, and where things can get messy, complicated and emotional. The novel and its revelations unfold relatively smoothly, and Shukla's voice is authentic and captivating. If there is one flaw it's that Kitab's struggle with his doppelganger goes on one round too long, and because of that, Aziz's journey occasionally eclipses Kitab's, but it all wraps together beautifully in the end.

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