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Meatspace
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The second novel from Costa First Novel Award shortlisted author Nikesh Shukla. 'The first and last thing I do every day is see what strangers are saying about me.' Kitab Balasubramanyam has had a rough few months. His girlfriend left him. He got fired from the job he hated for writing a novel on company time, but the novel didn't sell and now he's burning through his mum's life insurance money. His father has more success with women than he does, and his Facebook comments get more likes. Kitab is reduced to spending all of his time in his flat with his brother Aziz, coming up with ideas for novelty Tumblrs and composing amusing tweets. But now even Aziz has left him, travelling to America to find his doppelganger. So what happens when Kitab Balasubramanyam's only internet namesake turns up on his doorstep and insists that they are meant to be friends?Meatspace is a hilarious and troubling analysis of what happens when our lives become nothing more than an aggregation of shared content, when our online personas are more interesting than real life. A brilliant follow-up from an acclaimed young novelist writing at the sharp edge of modern life.
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Nikesh Shukla. (2014). Meatspace. HarperCollins Publishers.

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Nikesh Shukla. 2014. Meatspace. HarperCollins Publishers.

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        July 27, 2015
        In this novel, Shukla (Coconut Unlimited) skillfully guides readers on a journey through meatspace—the physical world of face-to-face interactions—and cyberworld. The novel follows young writer Kitab Balasubramanyam in his struggle to find happiness, new love, and human interaction among family and friends in a world where virtual and transient interactions abound. While Kitab’s brother, Aziz, flees England for the U.S. in search of his Internet doppelganger, Kitab stays in London to begin his second novel. When approached at a reading by a Facebook friend with the same name, Kitab must confront the thin line between the Internet and reality. What follows is a story of misplaced identity, virtual catastrophe, and unexpected connections. Throughout the novel, Shukla successfully replicates the 21st-century experience of existing online; the book is brimming with tweets, Facebook activity, comments sections, Google search histories, and chapter-long blog posts about Aziz’s U.S. adventures. In this culturally relevant novel, Shukla provides a peek into the hyperconnected and lonely world we inhabit.

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        August 1, 2015

        Author, filmmaker, and noted podcaster Shukla's second novel (after Coconut Unlimited, which was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award) revolves around a writer's plight following his first novel; thus, it is boldly self-referential. This works because the novel's context, the individual's relationship with social media, is rooted in self-contextualization. The narrative alternates between the writer Kitab's struggles and his brother Aziz's blog, with Kitab's section quickly unfolding into a nightmare of identity theft; a person with his same exact name, Kitab Balasubramanyam, appears in the flesh demanding to be Facebook friends. Meanwhile, Aziz's story diverges into a trip to New York featuring superhero adventures. As Kitab struggles with his doppelganger, dubbed Kitab 2, he comes to appreciate the vulnerability of his skillfully crafted social media persona in contrast to the truths of reality, aka "Meatspace." Aziz's blogged adventures and the comments they engender provide an antic counterpoint. VERDICT This novel makes a powerful statement about the plasticity of social networking using the medium of social networking, knitting together the two narratives and binding them in an unexpected crescendo that is wonderfully effective. It's Dave Eggers's The Circle meets Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley; highly recommended for those who are now checking their phone for updates. [See Prepub Alert, 3/9/15.]--Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Lib., CA

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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