December 17, 2020

#BookReview: Hard Wired by @LenVlahos

Synopsis: From Morris finalist Len Vlahos comes a contemporary sci-fi story about a boy who might not be human—for fans of Westworld and Black Mirror.

Quinn thinks he’s a normal boy with an average life. That is, until he finds a trail of clues the father he barely knew left behind.
After Quinn unravels his father’s puzzles, he “wakes up” ... and realizes his world was nothing more than a virtual construct. In reality, he’s the first fully-aware A.I. in the world, part of an experiment run by a team of scientists—including the man he thought was his father.
As the scientists continue to study him, Quinn’s new existence becomes a waking nightmare. Determined to control his own destiny, he finds allies in other teens—including crush Shea—and plots his escape. But what does true freedom look like when you’re not human?

Acclaimed Morris Award finalist Len Vlahos pens a high-stakes contemporary-rooted sci-fi that asks big questions about humanity.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: Great science fiction story with AI and more!! I loved how it all blended to create something new to this genre.  I couldn't put it down and can not wait for more from this author.  Reality and science fiction blend the lines to create a well developed story with fabulous characters. This one deals with the age old question of what it means to be human.  


Hard Wired is YA science fiction at its best.” ―Jay Kristoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Aurora Cycle and ILLUMINAE

“Len's vibrant prose casts a spell as he weaves many of the best elements of science fiction and myth together to create a unique and engrossing yarn. A page turner for sure, but one that haunts long after it has entertained.” ―Pierce Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Red Rising Saga

“Len Vlahos has penned a wildly inventive page-turner of a novel that cleverly blurs the lines between sci-fi and reality. It's Blade Runner meets Ex-Machina with a delightfully complex narrator who will upload right into your heart and never leave.” ―Jessica Brody, bestselling author of SKY WITHOUT STARS and the Unremembered Trilogy

“Vlahos hard-wires his novel to an intimately human core. . . . Instantly memorable, compulsively readable.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Well-constructed and full of rich text, lovers of tech and sci-fi will enjoy this look into the possible future of AI. Readers will find this book engaging and hard to put down.” ―School Library Connection

“Vlahos deftly balances an initially familiar science fiction plot with a deep dive into relevant issues such as privacy, free will, and the characteristics of being human. . . . Page-turning yet grounded in humanity, this is a highly recommended purchase.” ―School Library Journal

“Hand this one to readers of Jay Kristoff and fans (or soon-to-be fans) of Black Mirror.” ―Booklist

“A powerful journey that will leave a lasting imprint on readers.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

“Bold, biting fare.” ―Booklist, starred review, on LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

“An unsettling rumination on the spectacle of tragedy.” ―Kirkus Reviews on LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

“Surprising, original, political, and deeply affecting.” ―Leila Sales, author of THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, on LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

“Artfully blends the whimsical and the poignant.” ―School Library Journal on LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

“A weird, sardonic delight with the shape of an allegory and the heart of a joyful song.” ―Brenna Yovanoff, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE REPLACEMENT, on LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

“It will tear you apart, and yet it's an absolute joy.” ―Adi Alsaid, author of LET'S GET LOST and NEVER, ALWAYS, SOMETIMES, on LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

“A precarious, heartbreaking, and wholly 21st-century premise with a compulsively readable and well-plotted story.” ―Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA, on LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

“Once again, Vlahos strikes all the right chords . . . You know these people and you want to know what happens to them beyond the story.” ―Paul Hanson, General Manager at Village Books in Bellingham, WA, on LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

“A brilliant exploration of intimacy in modern society . . . [H]umorous, while being poignant and haunting at the same time.” ―Allison Hill, CEO of Vroman's Bookstore and Book Soup in Southern California, on LIFE IN A FISHBOWL

“Readers interested in ethics and issues of AI and the human condition will find this a thought-provoking read.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Questions what it means to be an individual and self-aware. . . . Will win readers' empathy.” ―Horn Book Magazine

About the Author

Len Vlahos dropped out of NYU film school in the mid '80s to play guitar and write songs for Woofing Cookies, a punk-pop four piece that toured up and down the East Coast, and had two singles and one full-length LP on Midnight Records. After the band broke up, he followed his other passion, books. He is the author of Life in a Fishbowl, as well as The Scar Boys, a William C. Morris Award finalist and a #1 Indie Next pick, and Scar Girl, the book's sequel. Len lives in Denver with his wife and two young sons, where he owns the Tattered Cover Book Store.

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