Release Date: 04/01/15
This city is falling.
Seventeen-year-old Anais Finch lives in a world where everyone is born beautiful, where every dream is a possibility - and where their every move and every piece of personal information is recorded by an ID picochip inserted behind their right ear. When technology giant, Civitas, finally announces the launch of their highly anticipated Scholarly Learning Programs, which allow people to download and learn any subject instantly, Anais can hardly wait.
But not everyone is pleased with society's progress, and not everyone wants to fit in. When Anais witnesses a brutal murder on an innocent citizen and is implicated in the crime, she becomes determined to uncover the truth, especially when others like it begin to occur all over the city. But it may already be too late for Anais to stop the man who calls himself 'the Hacker' before he commits his most appalling crime yet...
The green light flashed. Finally, the program was online.
He paused, staring at the computer screen, hardly daring to believe it. The computer was
an antique from the 21st Century, but using such old technology had its advantages. For one, it
meant that its software didn't register on modern computer models, making it laughably easy to
hack into any new system. These people truly were arrogant if they believed themselves to be
Well, he was just about to prove to them just how wrong they were.
He skimmed the text with an expert eye, registering certain details as they leapt out at
him. ID number, name, age, job title, where they lived, even what they ate last week. His laugh
was muffled by the black mask strapped across the lower half of his face. This was almost too
easy. It was almost as if they wanted to die.
His fingers flew over the keyboard as he typed in commands, the computer whining as he
pushed it to its maximum capacity. He pressed the 'Enter' key without pausing.
Whilst he waited for confirmation that his command had been sent, his grey eyes
wandered over to the small box of picochips on the desk; their silver and bronze whorls
twinkling in the half light. If this test worked...these tiny wonders he created were about to
change the world.
Ten years. Ten years he'd been waiting for this moment. Waiting for them to mess up.
Waiting for them to create something he could manipulate to his own ends. And finally, it was
here. All of his waiting and planning would finally pay off.
The computer beeped, telling him that his command had been accepted by the host.
Behind his mask he smiled a cold, cruel smile.
So what qualifies me to be a writer? Well, ever since an early age I've been more interested in the worlds in my head, than the real one - so I thought it was finally time to do something about it. I went to uni, got a degree in publishing, worked in an office for a while, decided I hated it, went to China, came back...and now I'm a teaching assistant by day and a YA writer by night. Phew! It's been quite a journey, but I wouldn't change it for the world.