by Neal Stephenson
Stephenson's take on the Internet and America is eerily resonant considering the book was published in 1992. Our main character, Hiro Protagonist (really!) is a freelance hacker/greatest swordsman on the planet. Our protagonist (ha!) is engaged in a battle to fight an ancient Sumerian metavirus that is able to destroy the human mind via the Metaverse. He is ably assisted by Y.T., a 15-year-old skateboard riding Kourier who has a knack for causing mayhem and doing exactly the opposite of what people in authority want. This is a brilliant, engaging, and funny book that combines social psychology, Sumerian mythology, and freaky high tech gadgets.