When the Internet suddenly stops working, society reels from the loss of flowing data and streaming entertainment. Addicts wander the streets talking to themselves in 140 characters or forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement, while the truly desperate pin their requests for casual encounters on public bulletin boards. The economy tumbles and the government passes the draconian NET Recovery Act.
For Gladstone, the Net’s disappearance comes particularly hard, following the loss of his wife, leaving his flask of Jamesons and grandfather’s fedora as the only comforts in his Brooklyn apartment.
But there are rumors that someone in New York is still online. Someone set apart from this new world where Facebook flirters "poke" each other in real life and members of Anonymous trade memes at secret parties. Where a former librarian can sell information as a human search engine and the perverted fulfill their secret fetishes at the blossoming Rule 34 club.
With the help of his friends - a blogger and a webcam girl, both now out of work - Gladstone sets off to find the Internet. But is he the right man to save humanity from this Apocalypse?
For those of you wondering if you have WiFi right now, Wayne Gladstone’s Notes from the Internet Apocalypse examines the question "What is life without the Web?"
Editors Select, March 2014 - It's happened to everyone. You're lounging on the couch aimlessly browsing Facebook, catching up on e-mails or even managing your finances when suddenly your page goes white and the dreaded 'browser cannot connect to the internet' message appears. In high school I would call to my dad to 'fix' the Internet. Now I walk the few feet to the modem and press the reset button. Voilà. Back on. But what if it weren't that easy? What if the internet suddenly went out for weeks - everywhere? In Notes from the Internet Apocalypse, we follow the narrator “Gladstone” as he and his two out-of-work sidekicks (one a blogger, the other a webcam girl) venture through Manhattan in search of the last man with access to the web. Author Wayne Galdstone paints an eerie, hilarious, and unnerving picture of how our country, more specifically, New York City would react and adapt. I breezed through this book and found that I didn’t mind when my commute to work took longer than expected. It is a profane and hysterical satire of our society. The work is filled with references to internet culture and sites – so be warned, it’s definitely for the internet savvy. –Laura, Audible Editor
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Good writing & characters with nerd references
- Julie W. Capell