My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Whoa, what a thrill ride. I took off, and at first I didn’t know where I was headed, or who was leading me, but since a friend recommended this book, I had faith and enjoyed the ride. I was drawn into this unique techno world, of which I have little knowledge, at best. But this story wasn’t difficult to read. It just made me curious to read more.
High school student Brandon Eriks is switched out of his life, for hacking crimes, and in his place body double, Obran, steps in. Obran will go to school in his place, get better grades, dress more upstanding, and hang out with Emma, the girl Brandon is quickly falling for.
Obran was created by JENA, a highly sophisticated supercomputer that can do things that will scare you. Scared me.
Brandon has been sentenced to 20 years inside of JENA. Where he will continue to program for the super computer, all his days, every day, until the end of his day. But it’s not real, Brandon doesn’t sleep, only shuts down to meet the sleep time of his body double, who is ruining his life, and now pushing Emma away. He’s going mental with what’s happening, and it’s about to push him over the edge. But he meets Seb inside, with his—or is it her, ever-changing Avatars, who may know a way out. He’ll have to hurry because now the supercomputer is threatening the only girl he’s ever cared about.
I loved this story. Fast paced, scary at times when Brandon meets with some of the challenges put to him by JENA. Yet, I found myself snickering throughout, because of Brendan’s humorous voice. And the ended left me encased in chill bumps. Great YA read for those who like an energetic and fast-paced ride. Even if you aren’t into technothrillers—this was a lot of fun.
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