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New waves : a novel

by Nguyen, Kevin,

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Available at 15 Libraries 16 of 20 copies
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Summary
Lucas and Margo are fed up. Margo is a brilliant programmer tired of being talked over as the company's sole black employee, and while Lucas is one of many Asians at the firm, he's nearly invisible as a low-paid customer service rep. Together, they decide to steal their tech start-up's user database in an attempt at revenge. The heist takes a sudden turn when Margo dies in a car accident, and Lucas is left reeling, wondering what to do with their secret--and wondering whether her death really was an accident. When Lucas hacks into Margo's computer looking for answers, he is drawn into her secret online life and realizes just how little he knew about his best friend.

With a fresh voice, biting humor, and piercing observations about human nature, Kevin Nguyen brings an insider's knowledge of the tech industry to this imaginative novel. A pitch-perfect exploration of race and start-up culture, secrecy and surveillance, social media and friendship, New Waves asks- How well do we really know each other? And how do we form true intimacy and connection in a tech-obsessed world?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "If a Venn diagram highlighted the overlaps among racism, sexism, technology, and millennial ennui, Nguyen's edgy novel would be smack--dab at the center. An Asian American, Lucas leaves his unmoored past as sole helper at his parents' bed-and-breakfast in an Oregon college town and moves to New York. While his job on the lower rungs of a tech firm as a sales representative may not be fulfilling, his friendship with the brilliant African American programmer, Margo, is. Alas, Margo's insistence on speaking her mind gets her fired. Incensed, she convinces Lucas to steal the company's intellectual property and sell it to a tech start-up competitor. After Margo's sudden death, Lucas is left to pick up the pieces and figure out who his friend really was. Worse, he must handle the fallout from the tech product his new start-up creates, which becomes the equivalent of Frankenstein's monster and goes completely out of control. If at times the send-up of tech-bro culture feels familiar, Nguyen has created a distinctive, ace, and surprisingly sad critique of just how real the dichotomy is between our true selves and the ones drowned in the wash of technology."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Nguyen's stellar debut is a piercing assessment of young adulthood, the tech industry, and racism. Margo, a 20-something black engineer, and Lucas, a 23-year-old Asian customer service rep, bond over the ingrained racism at their tech startup employer, a messaging app called Nimbus, in New York in 2009. When Margo's strong opinions lead to her dismissal, she drunkenly convinces Lucas to help her steal the usernames and passwords of Nimbus's users. Margo soon regrets this, but nevertheless apparently leverages the data to land her and Lucas jobs at Phantom, a rival startup with an app that immediately deletes read text messages. Margo dies in a car accident, and Lucas is distraught and afraid, wondering if the accident was really an accident or something more sinister. He steals Margo's laptop and decides to contact Jill, a struggling writer whose work Margo spent hours providing feedback on. He and Jill stumble into a relationship while Phantom's popularity among teenagers pushes Lucas into a new role implementing a monitoring process contrary to the lofty ambition of the founders. Lucas's scramble to meet the growing intensity of his professional and personal lives, as well as his jealous conviction he knew Margo best, leads to a series of missteps with rippling consequences. Nguyen impressively holds together his overlapping plot threads while providing incisive criticism of privilege and a dose of sharp humor. The story is fast-paced and fascinating, but also deeply felt; the effect is a page-turner with some serious bite. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects High technology industries -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Social media -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 306 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781984855237
1984855239
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