Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can't remember life before the Default - the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.
Beyond the security of Sulan's high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation's reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities - and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics.
Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her self-defense. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Sulan acquires Touch - an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight.
When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?
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Sooooo good! Loved it!
Possibly beats Divergent!
I really liked Gunner and Taro, but I guess Sulan is my favorite. Her character was very appealing to me. She's a petite genius who didn't want to be defined by that fact and desperately wanted to be tough and able to defend herself. She was relatable, humble, spunky and independant.
I really loved the rooftop battle scene, surprisingly. I'm not a battle scene kind of person. I usually get lost in fight descriptions, but so many meaningful things were woven into this one. I could actually see the whole thing in my mind and was completely enthralled by it. Excellent.
YES!! Who needs sleep? Fantastic story and I may even listen to it again. I had to stop at one point and go look at the narrator's name just so I could remember her in the future. She's really good and deserves credit for her excellent performance!
I LOVED the world that Camille Picott created. It was very interesting. Futuristic, but realistic. Kind of exactly what you would logically expect it to be, but never imagine up on your own. It all made sense and seemed so possible. The author has her thumb on the pulse of world events and trends. That was obvious.
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