When technology fulfills every dream, reality becomes a nightmare.Below the streets of New State, the undergrounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. Every night, Yara risks her life fighting New State’s deadliest weapons, the drones. Half human and half machine, their living half tortured until everything human is gone, the drones have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.
Yara is good at her job and committed to her raids on New State. Until one of those raids brings her face-to-face with Joshua, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Yara feels for Joshua is very real. And it’s punishable by law.
As she and Joshua grow closer, she convinces him to leave New State for her underground cause. But as the unrest between New State and the underground escalates, and the drones move in to destroy her world, nothing goes as planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Yara’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever…
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Here’s what I liked about the book:
Yara , the main character, is spirited and motivated. She trains to be a Raider (despite not having the body type or grace needed). She refuses to give in (drained from battle wounds she summons strength to continue to fight). And when it comes down to it, she’s a typical teen (She wants her parent’s approval, omits parts of the truth that will get her in trouble, and isn’t quite sure about her feelings for Joshua).
The setting was wonderful, both the underground and the New State territory were richly built, giving both a realistic vibe. I easily envisioned the movement through both areas. And the creations that exist in New State were creative and eerie. Excellent development.
Remote, takes place in a future dystopia where lines that separate healthy computer interactions with actual dependence blur. Having two teenagers in my house, the continual reliance on wireless devices is not just reality, but life. This story does a fabulous job of taking the “need to be plugged in” to the next level. After reading this book, I brought up the topic and we discussed the story line at the dinner table. Very cool.
Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.