Mona Lisa Overdrive

Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988) by William Gibson is the final book in the Sprawl trilogy. It nicely rounds out the trilogy and finishes the plot that began with Neuromancer. I’ve read this book less than the other two books in the series.

The plot is split into 4 stories that eventually merge. The first deals with Mona, a young prostitute, the second with Kumiko, the daughter of a Yakuza and the third with Slick Henry, who lives in an abandoned factory, the third concerns Angela Mitchell, who was featured in the previous book Count Zero. The characters are better, more interesting and more believable than the characters in the first two books.

The book isn’t as exciting as the previous two books, the eventual meeting of all the characters is similar to that which happens in them. However, the rounding out of the plot arc for the whole series is really well done. It provides a satisfying conclusion to the books. Also, it does leave the possibility for another book that explores what happens next.

3.5/5

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