…then try one of these other books!
Feed / M.T. Anderson
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.
Ender’s Game / Orson Scott Card
Six-year-old Ender Wiggin and his fellow students at Battle School are being tested and trained to determine whether they possess the abilities to remake the world — if the world survives an all-out war with an alien enemy.
Little Brother / Cory Doctorow
Computer hacker Marcus spends most of his time outwitting school surveillance, until the day that San Francisco is bombed by terrorists — and he and his friends are arrested and brutally interrogated for days. When they release Marcus, the authorities threaten to come for him again if he breathes a word about his ordeal; meanwhile, America has become a police state where everyone is suspect. For Marcus, the only option left is to take down the power-crazed Department of Homeland Security with an underground online revolution.
Neuromancer / William Gibson
The Matrix unfolds like neon origami beneath clusters and constellations of data. Constructs, AIs, live here. Somewhere, concealed by ice, Neuromancer is evolving. As entropy goes into reverse, Molly’s surgical implants broadcast trouble from the ferro-concrete geodesic of the Sprawl. Maelcum, Rastafarian in space, is her best hope of rescue. But she and Case, computer cowboy, are busy stealing data from the almighty Megacorps. If the Megacorps do not get them both, perhaps Case will fall prey to the cheap treachery of Linda Lee, someone as lost as himself.
Arena / Holly Jennings
A first woman captain of a team of gaming warriors participating in the world’s most elite competition discovers that the real and virtual worlds of the Virtual Gaming League are built around dangerous secrets
Insignia / S.J. Kincaid
Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet.
The Impossible Fortress / Jason Rekulak
A 14-year-old boy pretends to seduce a girl to steal a copy of Playboy before discovering that she is his computer-loving soul mate against a backdrop of late-1980s teen pop-culture trends.
Daemon / Daniel Suarez
In a near-future run by thousands of autonomous computer programs, a dormant program activates after a legendary game designer’s premature death and launches a sinister effort to dismantle society and enforce a new world order.
Artemis / Andy Weir
Jazz Bashara grew up in Artemis , the only city on the moon. She’s a young, misanthropic, underachieving genius who side-hustles as a smuggler. One day, she takes on a job that proves too dangerous and finds herself wrapped up in murder and an interplanetary struggle for control over a new technology worth billions.
Press Start to Play / Daniel H. Wilson
Collects twenty-six short fiction stories that explore what video games can be from authors that include Holly Black, Chris Kluwe, and T.C. Boyle.