A review by jaccarmac
Agency, by William Gibson

adventurous tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


More of the Peripheral same, which is to say many great ideas, a few deeply unsatisfying ones, and a smidgen of change in form. I rocketed through, and more or less salivate for the trilogy's conclusion, but thought Agency was a minor failure on the author's part. He removes the MacGuffin for much of the plot, but we're expected to treat this absence as at least somewhat emotional and excitedly welcome it back, seemingly unchanged. There's a lot that happens on the page, but always the rabbit out of sight. That annoyance becomes grating when the single-sentence gloss is of 2017 geopolitical maneuvering. Still, all the heroes are alive and there are plenty of interesting ways for them to meet in futures-past.