Seventeen-year-old Nyah Parks is a genius, and she is desperate. After a tragedy stole her father and brother, she is willing to do anything to save her mother. She hatches a not-so-brilliant plan that gets her into trouble. Trouble so deep, there is only one person she knows to turn to, another hacker she met while waiting on her mom at doctor’s appointments. Austin Hartt is another genius with a terminal brain tumor.
When Nyah finds Austin, she believes he is bordering on madness. But she’s willing to go there with Austin in hopes that this will be the thing that will help keep her mother with her. As Austin and Nyah try to hack their own brains, they are taken into realities they could never guess existed. There they learn more about life, and what lies beyond life.
I tend to forget how much I enjoy Ted Dekker’s books until I read a new one. His take on science fiction is intriguing and engaging. Hacker (book three in the Outlaw Chronicles) was full of suspense, conflict, and insight that kept intrigued with the story. At times I felt like the BlakBox storyline was a little contrived, put in there just to tie the beginning with what was going on with Nyah and Austin and their hacks, but the overall flow of the story made up for that.
This story pushes the readers outside of what they believe to be true. It is an excellent allegory for faith: believing in something unseen. Of course, Nyah and Austin don’t believe until they see, but once they do, there is no turning back.
****Worthy Publishing provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.