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Hard Wired

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From Morris finalist Len Vlahos comes a contemporary sci-fi story about a boy who might not be humanfor fans of Westworld and Black Mirror.

Quinn thinks hes a normal boy with an average life. That is, until he finds a trail of clues the father he barely knew left behind.
After Quinn unravels his fathers puzzles, he wakes up ... and realizes his world was nothing more than a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Bloomsbury YA (first published April 28th 2020)
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    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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    HARD WIRED is a surprisingly deep and philosophical book that meditates on what it means to be truly alive. Honestly, this is the kind of book where it's best to go in cold, but I'm going to discuss it with the mild spoilers that are mentioned on the Goodreads blurb and the back cover of this paperback copy, so if you're one of those people who thinks less is more, maybe skip my review.

    Quinn thinks he is a normal teenage boy. He likes
    Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    Quinn is a relatively normal, if rather geeky, fifteen year old boy. He plays Magic The Gathering and numerous video games with his three best friends. And he has a massive crush on She's, the most beautiful girl in his school. But he has a medical condition where he faints and remains unconscious for a few minutes. But he's staying out after these episodes longer and longer. But after his last episode, when he wakes up, he sees his father sitting in his room. The only problem is that his father ...more
    Pop Bop
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    An Intelligent and Compelling Meditation on AI, From the Inside Out

    This is easily, absolutely, the best Artificial Intelligence book I've read in the past few years, in any genre and for any age demo. We start with teen Quinn who has the usual teen angst issues - friends, school, girls - and the usual teen experiences. MILD OBVIOUS SPOILER. In short order, though, we find out that Quinn is an artificial intelligence who has been cocooned in a virtual reality construct during the course of his
    Kenzie The Dragon Queen
    Feb 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Westworld meets Black Mirror you say? Sign me up!
    Joanna Bennett
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Although not a lot happened I still found myself invested with the MC!

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    Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I've read several books and watched many movies about artificial intelligence, so there's no way I could pass this up on NetGalley.

    During the first few chapters, Quinn charmed me.  He's a geeky guy desperately crushing on a pretty girl in his class and spends most of his free time playing a game probably similar to D&D.  It initially read more like a middle grade book to me - but not for long.  Once Quinn discovers what he is, all sorts of thought-provoking questions come into play.  Does he
    Amanda Greco
    Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC!

    Holy hells, reboot my mainframe this was a READ.
    I've never in my years of loving science fiction found such a lyrical read. The way that Len Vlahos relays Quinn's story and all the complicated computer science and neurological aspects to the reader is impressive. The lines flowed so smoothly and allowed me to devour this book in just a few hours. I craved coming to life as Quinn did, realizing the faults of his existence the same way humans
    Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    Quinn is just like other boys - until he realises he isn't.

    I very much enjoyed Life in a Fishbowl (and the sneaky shoutout to it in this one) and this one was very enjoyable too. A couple of small time jumps confused me a little and something that was obviously designed as a huge surprise was telegraphed pretty early on. Overall, though, this was a great read and raised some very interesting topics. Also, that ending is basically torture and I very much want to know what happens afterwards!

    Karen Gedeon
    Hard Wired by Len Vlahos a smartly constructed story about a boy who is actually AI. Typical parent/child struggles, romance and feelings of superior intelligence/invincibility. Those in higher level and sci-fi readers in grades 7+ will gravitate toward this choice. ...more
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