Snow Crash | Study Guide

Neal Stephenson

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Neal Stephenson

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Dystopian, Science Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

Snow Crash is written in the third-person limited point of view. The perspective focuses on one character per scene. The reader gets the perspective of several major and minor characters throughout the novel.


Snow Crash is written in present tense, lending the book a sense of immediacy and slight disorientation.

About the Title

The title term Snow Crash, as explained by the text, is a hard computer crash that results in static on the screen. It is also one of the names given to a street drug carrying a viral infection that is a central component of the plot. The term also applies to a computer virus related to the drug. Much of the plot revolves around the characters' attempts to understand the nature of Snow Crash and to obtain a sample. In addition, the fact that Snow Crash is both a computer system failure and a random display of incoherent information ties into the book's themes of organization, anarchy, and information systems. The finality and seriousness of a Snow Crash underscores high-stakes consequences.


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