I am a fan of William Gibson, but had never heard of, let alone read "THE PERIPHERAL". The first I heard of it was from a friend raving about the tv series that came out last month.
The novel was published in 2014. Curious, I decided to take a look. I am glad that I did. It is nothing short of brilliant. Here is a synopsis of the novel,
Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural near-future America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she’s trying to avoid. Her brother Burton lives, or tries to, on money from the Veterans Administration, for neurological damage suffered in the Marines’ elite Haptic Recon unit. Flynne earns what she can by assembling product at the local 3D printshop. She made more as a combat scout in an online game, playing for a rich man, but she’s had to let the shooter games go.
Wilf Netherton lives in London, seventy-some years later, on the far side of decades of slow-motion apocalypse. Things are pretty good now, for the haves, and there aren’t many have-nots left. Wilf, a high-powered publicist and celebrity-minder, fancies himself a romantic misfit, in a society where reaching into the past is just another hobby.
Burton’s been moonlighting online, secretly working security in some game prototype, a virtual world that looks vaguely like London, but a lot weirder. He’s got Flynne taking over shifts, promised her the game’s not a shooter. Still, the crime she witnesses there is plenty bad.
Flynne and Wilf are about to meet one another. Her world will be altered utterly, irrevocably, and Wilf’s, for all its decadence and power, will learn that some of these third-world types from the past can be badass.
Chloe Grace Moretz, who I have always loved since Kick-Ass, does a superb job as Flynne. Without having read the book, I can not comment on how true this production is to the novel, however I cannot rate this series highly enough and it has me itching to read the book regardless. Over here in Australia is is streamed on Prime and is currently up to episode six. If you love Gibson, and have not watched this yet, you better start binging the previous episodes and catch up. You will not be disappointed.