Gnomon

Gnomon

Title:Gnomon
Edition Language:English
ISBN:null
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:704 pages

In the world of Gnomon, citizens are constantly observed and democracy has reached a pinnacle of 'transparency.' Every action is seen, every word is recorded, and the System has access to its citizens' thoughts and memories--all in the name of providing the safest society in history.

When suspected dissident Diana Hunter dies in government custody, it marks the first time a citizen has been killed during an interrogation. The System doesn't make mistakes, but something isn't right about the circumstances surrounding Hunter's death. Mielikki Neith, a trusted state inspector and a true believer in the System, is assigned to find out what went wrong. Immersing herself in neural recordings of the interrogation, what she finds isn't Hunter but rather a panorama of characters within Hunter's psyche: a lovelorn financier in Athens who has a mystical experience with a shark; a brilliant alchemist in ancient Carthage confronting the unexpected outcome of her invention; an expat Ethiopian painter in London designing a controversial new video game, and a sociopathic disembodied intelligence from the distant future.

Embedded in the memories of these impossible lives lies a code which Neith must decipher to find out what Hunter is hiding. In the static between these stories, Neith begins to catch glimpses of the real Diana Hunter--and, alarmingly, of herself. The staggering consequences of what she finds will reverberate throughout the world.


    Gnomon Reviews

  • Paromjit

    This is a strange multi-layered beast of a book set in a future Britain under total surveillance, governed by the System, where the majority of people remarkably believe this is a good thing. It is a ...

  • Liz Barnsley

    Gnomon is actually a novel that defies description for all the right reasons, it is an epic, an ultimately rewarding read with so many layers inside the layers under the levels that hide the realities...

  • Sara

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I really struggled with this, unfortunately and couldn't finish it. The premise seemed really interesting - I love dystopian fiction, b...

  • Max

    This is one of those books that makes you feel that for years you've been killing time with other books, treading water offshore, waiting for a shark to find you. It stretches the sense of what books ...

  • Kevin Kelsey

    Describing Gnomon is a challenge, because it’s simultaneously many different things: A cautionary tale about our modern moment’s convergence of technology, surveillance, and human hubris. A matryo...

  • Bookteafull (Danny)

    DNF'ed at 32%. I tried. I really, really did.Another week, Another DNF. Scifi is one of my favorite genres but lately, it feels like every time I pick up a sci-fi novel to read - I'm extremely bored, ...

  • Paul McNeil

    To put my review of this book in perspective, I wrote my MA thesis on the concept of "memoria ajena," or characters remembering other people's memories, in works by Jorge Luis Borges, Ricardo Piglia, ...

  • Quirkyreader

    First off, I received this as an ARC from Penguin Random House. Thank You.This book fits squarely in the category "what in the heck did I just read". It kind of has a "House of Leaves" feel to it. It'...

  • Emma

    This was far too dense for me. I can see that this is literary fantasy/ dystopia, but I really couldn’t get on with it. I like books, generally speaking,that make the reader “work for it” but I ...

  • Carlex

    Three and half stars.As I said previously, English is not my first language, but I dare to comment this complex novel. I must say that the book deserves a more extensive review. Gnomon has a fascinati...