“Read Connect by the absurdly brilliant Julian Gough—a mind-expanding techno-thriller with a hotly beating human heart.”
—Emma Donoghue, New York Times bestselling author of Room

In the Nevada desert, in the near future, a family crisis sets off a chain reaction that threatens to bring the networked world to its knees. It starts in the home of Naomi Chiang, a biologist and single mother struggling to balance her research with looking after her painfully awkward, homeschooled, ever-growing teenage son, Colt. Naomi worries about him constantly—he's so socially inept that he struggles to order takeout pizza—but then she has a major breakthrough at the lab that could change their lives, and America's future. For his part, Colt seems focused on one thing only: a globe-spanning immersive gameworld in which his phenomenal coding skills set him apart. But after his first real-life romantic encounter goes awry, he realizes mastery of a virtual existence is not enough.
     When Colt secretly releases his mother's latest findings, Naomi's worst fears come true. Colt's estranged father crashes into their lives again, backed by the secretive security organization he heads. The U.S. government wants Naomi's research . . . and Colt, who must leave the comfort of virtual reality to discover the pleasures, and pains, of a life fully lived. Meanwhile, Naomi has to decide how far she would go to protect her child. Would she kill a man? Would she destroy the world?
     Connect is a thrillingly smart novel of ideas that explores what connection—both human and otherwise—might be in a digital age. It is a story of mothers and sons; but it is also about you, your phone, and the future.

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"Julian Gough is a wonderful writer." - Sebastian Barry


Used availability for Julian Gough's Connect

Hardback Editions

August 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Connect: A Novel
Author(s): Julian Gough
ISBN: 0-385-54133-3 / 978-0-385-54133-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
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May 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Connect
Author(s): Julian Gough
ISBN: 1-5098-0983-X / 978-1-5098-0983-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Connect
Author(s): Julian Gough
ISBN: 1-101-97189-4 / 978-1-101-97189-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Connect
Author(s): Julian Gough
ISBN: 1-5098-0985-6 / 978-1-5098-0985-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Connect
Author(s): Julian Gough
ISBN: 1-5098-0984-8 / 978-1-5098-0984-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Connect
Author(s): Julian Gough
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Connect
Author(s): Julian Gough
Publisher: Random House Audio
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Connect
Author(s): Julian Gough
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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May 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Connect
Author(s): Julian Gough
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Connect
Author(s): Julian Gough
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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Kindle Editions

August 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Connect: A Novel
Author(s): Julian Gough
Publisher: Anchor
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May 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Connect
Author(s): Julian Gough
Publisher: Picador
Availability: Amazon UK