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  • ISBN: 9780425289907
  • ISBN: 0425289907
  • Physical Description: 402 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, [2019]

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"The inventive and hauntingly timely story of a seventeen-year-old coder's catapult to stardom, reminiscent of The Social Network with a Ready Player One twist. For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She can build entire worlds from scratch -- shimmering lakes, Mars craters, any virtual experience her heart desires. But she can't code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget. Until now. Because WAVE, the world's biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets to meet its billionaire founder. The same billionaire who worked closely with Opal's dad. The one she always believed might know where he went. The one who maybe even murdered him. What begins as a small data hack to win the contest spirals out of control when Opal goes viral, digging her deeper into a hole of lies, hacks, and manipulation. How far will Opal go for the answers -- or is it the attention -- she's wanted for years?" -- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    *Starred Review* Ahmadi's sophomore novel, following Down and Across (2018), is a thrilling, out-of-this-world experience for any reader. Coding is 17-year-old Opal Hopper's life. For a young woman who can create anything she can dream, it's heartbreakingly frustrating that she cannot conjure up her missing father or even find a glimmer of a trail to locate him. Her hope of one day finding him is renewed with the announcement of a virtual reality contest. The award includes a meeting with the billionaire developer her father once worked for. Opal is determined to win the contest at any cost—even if it means hacking, cheating, lying, and unearthing murder. Ahmadi delivers a breathless, sweeping story without shying away from heavy themes like grief, morality, and mental health. Opal is a girl who enjoys all the benefits of being labeled a prodigy, but she quickly comes to realize how easy it is to become tangled in the web of attention and fame. Like all great sf stories, this leaves readers with some weighty questions to ponder at the close of the book, and how much of our privacy we're willing to sacrifice for personalized web content is one of them. This thought-provoking question, particularly in a moment when we are starting to grapple with this exact issue, will make this even more relevant to teens. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Arvin Ahmadi grew up outside Washington, DC. He graduated from Columbia University and has worked in the tech industry. When he's not reading or writing books, he can be found watching late-night talk show interviews and editing Wikipedia pages. Down and Across is his first novel, followed by Girl Gone Viral.

Subject: Hackers > Fiction.
Virtual reality > Fiction.
Genre: Novels.

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