This installment of Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson.
In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker protects watched groups from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble—until he falls in love with the wrong woman and unleashes a forbidden text thought to be written by the jinn.
As the book opens, Alif ’s computer has just been breached by the “Hand of God,” as the hackers call the state’s electronic security force, and he is scrambling to protect his clients—dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other vulnerable groups in autocratic states across the region. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and when it turns out the fiancé is the Hand, and the state security forces come after Alif with guns drawn, he must go underground, trying all the while to fight back against a piece of code he wrote to protect his lover but which the Hand is using to create the most sophisticated state surveillance the world has ever known.
Earlier this week, we asked you to recommend books about computer geeks. Here’s what you suggested in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter.
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Erebos by Ursula Poznanski
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Harmonica & Gig by RJ Astruc
The Vanessa Michael Munroe series by Taylor Stevens
Brain Jack by Brian Faulkner
anything by John Sundman
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Jpod by Douglas Coupland
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
The Laundry series by Charles Stross
Amped by Daniel H. Wilson
The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Any more to add?