Greetings Otherworld travelers! We looked at a few fantasy worlds this week, but today we’re looking one hundred years into the future. It’s been a while since we’ve played in a dystopian setting, but we’re ready to explore a new one in The Astral Hacker.
Author Brian Terenna has brought to life a story that feels a quite a bit different than your run-of-the-mill dystopian fiction. In The Astral Hacker (Cryptopunk Revolution Book 1), he shares an engrossing story that has a tremendous amount of personality. This is achieved in no small part due to the wonderful characters Terenna introduces readers to. They each have interesting developments, and they feel like they have a part to play in the grand tapestry that Terenna works on. None of them feel as though their presence is by coincidence.
In 2120, New America is the world leader in technology and individual freedom. Why, then, has seventeen-year-old Fae Luna felt like an isolated prisoner her entire life?
She survived the worst of the foster care system by honing her skills as a top-level hacker and thanks to the support of her humanoid robot, Sunny, who is illegally upgraded to a human-level AI.
Finally, she’s matched with a foster mom who treats her kindly. Fae slowly lets her guard down until a suspicious tragedy tears them apart. With no flesh-and-blood friends, she is forced to call Blaze, a guild-mate from her online holo-game, who introduces her to a motley crew of rebels and loyalists. When they dig into Fae’s mystery, they discover a far-reaching and deadly conspiracy.
Fae promised her dying mother she would never alter her body with a brain implant, but with the Evo, her hacking skills would be unbeatable. Lethal battles and devastating consequences will challenge her vow.
Will Fae choose the enhancement or trust her own exceptional mind to defeat a secretive and powerful force threatening all New Americans?
With characters that readers will want to spend time with, and adventures that grip and don’t let go, this story is sure to captivate. New America is fun to explore, and has great potential for discoveries. Terenna’s first book in this series is a page-turner that young adults will love, and they’ll no doubt hunger for the next book to come. Check out The Astral Hacker (Cryptopunk Revolution Book 1) on Amazon today!
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