History Literature / TheNexusSeries

27th Aug '15 7:26:55 AM Fallingwater
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[[spoiler:TheHeroDies: Kate ultimately sacrifices himself to bring Su-Yong back to sanity.]]
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27th Aug '15 7:22:02 AM Fallingwater
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* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: Neither book ends well for everyone.]]

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* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: Neither book ends None of the three books end well for everyone.]]
10th Aug '15 12:27:07 PM Fallingwater
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** While the author does a good job of explaining a lot of the computer speak and doesn't get ''too'' specific, anyone who's ever, say, reflashed and rooted a mobile device, or used the Linux terminal, is bound to understand some scenes better than someone who hasn't.
10th Aug '15 12:23:26 PM Fallingwater
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* NeuralImplanting: On a limited basis. We see some software programs being run on Nexus, including a dating app that makes you say the right lines, a porn VR that controls your motor cortex to help you perform, and most notably, a fight game "Bruce Lee" given to Kade by Rangan to help him in tough situtations. Notably, while the dating sim gets results, the porn VR glitches out at the worst time, and Bruce Lee usually get's Kade's ass kicked. The most successful app is Kade's serenity package, which modulates his neurotransmitter levels to keep his pulse under control and prevent people from knowing when he's lying.

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* NeuralImplanting: On a limited basis. We see some software programs being run on Nexus, including a dating app that makes you say the right lines, a porn VR that controls your motor cortex to help you perform, and most notably, a fight game "Bruce Lee" given to Kade by Rangan to help him in tough situtations. Notably, while the dating sim gets results, the porn VR glitches out at the worst time, and Bruce Lee usually get's gets Kade's ass kicked. The most successful app is Kade's serenity package, which modulates his neurotransmitter levels to keep his pulse under control and prevent people from knowing when he's lying.
10th Aug '15 12:20:33 PM Fallingwater
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* CoverBlowingSuperpower: If you're running Nexus, and someone near you is running Nexus, ''they can tell you're running Nexus''. It makes espionage kind of difficult.
10th Aug '15 12:18:06 PM Fallingwater
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* AwesomeButImpractical: The "Bruce Lee" program that Rangan gives Kade uses a VR fighting game's algorithm to take over the body's motor controls and fight for you. While incredibly cool, it just doesn't match up to those opponents trained in combat with better exercise programs than the spindly Kade, who promptly gets his ass handed to him.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: The "Bruce Lee" program that Rangan gives Kade uses a VR fighting game's algorithm to take over the body's motor controls and fight for you. While incredibly cool, it just doesn't match up to those opponents trained in combat with better exercise programs than the spindly Kade, who promptly gets his ass handed to him. At one point he even complains "when has this software ever worked?!". [[spoiler: it does let him save Sam in the first book and foil Shiva's plot in the second - but even when it does work Kade always ends up beaten to a pulp.]]
10th Aug '15 12:14:31 PM Fallingwater
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* AnyoneCanDie: RealityEnsues is in full effect in this series.

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* AnyoneCanDie: RealityEnsues is in full effect in Up to the second book, a ''very'' small number of key characters seem to get out of every hairy situation alive - though not always unscathed - through the powers of plot. Everybody else - and this series.includes complex characters the author's spent half the book developing - is definitely not safe. Some of them don't even get dramatic deaths; they're there one second, and the next they've [[spoiler:succumbed to a burst from a mind-controlled ally, or committed suicide in complete loneliness]].
10th Aug '15 11:58:00 AM Fallingwater
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* AndIMustScream: After the events in the first book the Chinese government smells trouble, and seals [[Su-Yong's]] consciousness inside the quantum computer. With very little access to external information, no connection at all to the Internet and no way of feeling physical sensations again, [[spoiler:Su-Yong's]] system goes increasingly unstable, causing a few days to feel like millennia, and the personality within the computer to slowly turn insane.

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* AndIMustScream: After the events in the first book the Chinese government smells trouble, and seals [[Su-Yong's]] [[spoiler:Su-Yong's]] consciousness inside the quantum computer. With very little access to external information, no connection at all to the Internet and no way of feeling physical sensations again, [[spoiler:Su-Yong's]] system goes increasingly unstable, causing a few days to feel like millennia, and the personality within the computer to slowly turn insane.
1st Aug '15 7:33:43 AM Fallingwater
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* AndIMustScream: After the events in the first book the Chinese government smells trouble, and seals [[Su-Yong's]] consciousness inside the quantum computer. With very little access to external information, no connection at all to the Internet and no way of feeling physical sensations again, [[spoiler:Su-Yong's]] system goes increasingly unstable, causing a few days to feel like millennia, and the personality within the computer to slowly turn insane.
1st Aug '15 7:28:15 AM Fallingwater
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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Sam]] sees the deadly effects of a WhyAmITicking event unleashed by the government on innocent civilians, including a little girl, to save face. The result is an instant switching of sides.


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* WhyAmITicking: mooks are commonly implanted by their bosses with all sorts of exploding implants, usually without their knowledge or approval. Dispatching them can have explosive effects, as Sam finds out.
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