No SMS, no email, no Facebook: in the digital age, who are you when you're disconnected from your friends?
In Rick Lawrences world, everyones online, all the time, immersed in a vast electronic sea of instant communication. Lifes easy when you can do practically everything on one device, and stay in constant contact with your friends.
Dr Carter Renfrew believes Rick and his friends represent the next step in evolution - the forerunners of a new species, Homo electronicus. Communications companies are eager to exploit this new youth market, and are backing scientific research into the teen brain. But just how far is Renfrew willing to go to prove his theory?
What happens when everyones connected - and suddenly youre not? If youre no longer connected, do you even exist?
Claire Carmichaels bestselling VITRUAL REALITIES Trilogy has been shortlisted for several childrens choice awards. Claire is the author of many books for young readers, and (under another name) a celebrated author of detective novels for adults. She is an Australian living in Los Angeles, where she lectures in writing at UCLA.
Review: A powerful look into one possible future, and how companies are exploiting our need to connect. But just how far would they go? Is technology evolving our relationships?
This book also explores peer pressure and our need to belong, plus the effect on the individual when they are not part of the flock.
Random House Australia
Author: Claire Carmichael