Summer Wars

Summer Wars

Part 2

Paperback - 2013
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"An adolescent math wiz unintentionally plunges the virtual world into chaos by solving a numerological riddle that makes the global network vulnerable to attack. When Natsuki asks Kenji to pose as her boyfriend at her grandmother's upcoming birthday party, the smitten young numbers man jumps at the opportunity. But his summer of romance takes an unexpected turn when Kenji receives a complex math riddle on his cell phone, and solves it without a second thought. In the process, however, Kenji breaches the security of Oz, an extensive virtual realm containing everything from online shopping records to sensitive government documents and even the codes to launch nuclear weapons. Later, when a malicious AI program dubbed Love Machine begins gathering all of this data and threatens to bring the entire information infrastructure to its knees, Kenji, Natsuki, and her family must figure out a way to clear up the mess before it plunges the planet into chaos."
Published: New York, NY :, Vertical, Inc.,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781939130167
Branch Call Number: TEEN GN SUM PART 2
Characteristics: [298] pages :,chiefly illustrations ;,19 cm
Alternative Title: Samâ uôzu (Motion picture)


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forbesrachel May 03, 2015

In the near future that Summer Wars takes place in, the world is interconnected by a virtual space called OZ. It creates great opportunities, but represents a fatal weakness as well. When the AI Love Machine gets introduced, it starts taking over people's accounts, and technologies in the real world, this then threatens everyone. Kenji finds himself involved when the young girl Natsuki takes him to meet her family as her "boyfriend". When the crisis reaches a boiling point, this family must unite to save everyone. This two volume manga is based off of the movie of the same name. Virtual battles spice up the slice-of-life aspects while still retaining some of that genres depth. The art handles the action and emotion equally well. This society has advanced technology, yet equal parts of it are still traditional; one is the setting for the battle with the AI, while the other is the setting for family drama. Technology connects the world like never before, but it still cannot match the bond of a family.


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