Scott’s skills as a surveillance expert come in pretty handy when he’s breaking down firewalls. But hacktivism isn’t enough; he’s going after the holy grail—UltSyn’s Human Information Drives, human assets implanted with cerebral microchips. While plenty of hackers are trying to save the world these days, all Scott wants is to find his sister.
After following the clues to London, he makes a plan to kidnap the technical marvel heading into town. When this Human Information Drive turns out to be someone unexpected his nerve waivers. The HID, who calls herself Sonia, would be priceless on the market, but born out of joint self-preservation the two team up.
With her contacts, they travel across Europe in the search of personal secrets and leave a trail of industrial espionage all for the sake of misdirection. As the unlikely pair digs deeper into restricted databases, Scott discovers that those who enlist with UltSyn get far more than they bargained for. Not only is this secret HID program is much bigger than he had imagined, students are lining up for a future they only think this biotech wonder company can provide. Even worse, these leads are getting him nowhere closer to his own goals.
Plunged into a world of human trafficking, Scott is determined to find his sister no matter the cost, which tests Sonia’s fragile friendship with him. But when the information reveals the people closest to Scott have been working for UltSyn all along, he has to find them—before UltSyn finds him.
Isn’t that a fantastic cover?! I am also particularly excited about this book because it features a neurodivergent bisexual ace character and it is by an #ownvoices author! These issues are not the main focus of the novel, which I kinda love. I want my LGBT+ in sci-fi, and we’re finally getting it! 😀
Writing about yourself in the third person is generally a sign of one of three things. Narcissism, literally being Smeagol from the Lord of the Rings, or an author bio. Thankfully, it’s the latter this time. She’s still waiting for her Starfleet uniform to arrive, but isn’t so picky about color. Until then she spends her time writing about magical girls, the morally grey, and articles that would warrant the title of cyberpunk beatnik. But not that’s not all folks, when this feminist isn’t writing there is a good chance Photoshop is open and making graphics for anyone in need.
Born and raised with her grandparents in the Tampa Bay area, Alexandra Tauber grew up fortunate enough to have the chance to travel back and forth to Greece, where her mother lived and her grandparents immigrated from. Her time in school had been a struggle when she liked video games more than studying, but despite her ADD holding her back, she dove into reading and writing in her teens when she found a new love for fiction. Her interests ranged from fantasy into contemporary fiction, then eventually science fiction. Her love of video games and sci-fi found its purpose when she wrote her debut novel, Hello World, with Tiffany Rose.