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Wire Wings

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Graciela does as she's told: she cowers beneath the towering intellect of her parents, goes to school, toes the line. But in the Waves, a virtual reality world, Graciela can be anyone, anywhere, anytime. Free.

In the real world, Graciela is drowning. Her best friend recently passed away, she's suffering from crippling panic attacks, and her only connection to life is Khaiam
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by The Parliament House Press
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WIRE WINGS is a compelling story about grief; about the gaping holes left by the lose of someone you loved. It's about escapism; pushing aside your real-world worries, and leaving reality behind. It's about identity; the masks we choose for ourselves, and the core of us beneath them all. It's about love; the awkwardness of friendships that existed because of other people, the complicated dynamics of parent and child, and the purity of connection that reaches down past your skin and into the trut ...more
Wire Wings by Wren Handman

ARC provided by Wren Handman. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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"He is a beautiful, perhaps unrepeatable, fluke, like the rumors of cold fusion. And, if they cannot catch him, it will be equally impossible to prove that he was ever real."

06-08: Every so often in the media industry.. you come across a creator so special that you know they could be the 'next big thing.' I've always had a keen eye for this. I knew it with musicians lik
Shatarupa  Dhar
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
Graciela Neumann's father along with his friend has created the first AI ever. It exists in a virtual reality world called the Waves, the same world in which his team launched a feature called Dive a few years back. Dive lets you have the ultimate sensory experience. Now, while he refers to the AI as an 'it', the AI has appeared in the form of a 'he' in front of Gracie. She is in love with him, with Thomas. While he appears in a number of forms in that world, something about his eye
Wren Handman
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This one is close to my heart. I hope you all enjoy reading Wire Wings as much as I enjoyed bringing Graciela's story to life. It's about grief, and the nature of identity in a world where everything is changeable. ...more
A.J. Vrana
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wire Wings is a stunning novel about grief, identity, and what it means to be real. When I first started this book, I got Matrix meets Ready Player One vibes, but this book is so much more than that. Graciela, our leading lady, is struggling with profound loss and panic attacks as she grapples with being the B student daughter of genius parents she worries she’ll never live up to. Her only escape is diving into the Waves—a virtual world where people can be whoever they want. Where Graciela belie ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Click for a detailed review and, maybe, spoilers.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, I had the opportunity to read and review an eARC of Wire Wings by Wren Handman. My opinions are my own.

The book is a solid 3.5/5*. I’ve read several VR books in the last couple of years. Wire Wings is not top of the class but it is a very pleasant read. It deals with love, loss, friendship, metamorphosis, and the discovery of the self at the backdrop of a VR theme.

The writing is beautiful and immersive, makin
Carly Wilson
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from Parliament Press, and I am so glad I did. This book is so imaginative, and the premise of the book is unbelievably well thought out.

The book is about Graciela ‘Gracie’, daughter of Maxwell a famous scientist who has worked on AI technology and created Sasquatch, a virtual reality where people can wire up and be whoever they want.

Like the real internet, there are dark places, adult only zones, and games. It is very cleverly written, and so m
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Wow, where to even start. This book was beautiful and the story telling was nothing short of breathtaking. This is a story about grief, about moving on, and it explores those gaping holes left by the lose of a loved one. This story really explores the relationships we have in our lives-those awkward friendships and the intimacy of the ones we love. One of the themes I loved from this book was the face we put on for the world when we are hiding our grief and feelings. This story was exci
Maya Grimley
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In WIRE WINGS, Handman creates a fun, fast-paced YA novel that immerses the reader in a futuristic world. It introduces to readers important real-world concepts such as morality, ethics, identity, and love. The advanced society Handman creates comes alive through vivid description, dialogue, and detail, leaving a reader feeling as though they themselves have Dived in the Waves.

In the story, technology dominates many social and curricular activities, from homework assignments to music concerts. A
Lauren Kelsen
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an imaginative scifi story that isn’t just some cool read about the creation of an AI being, but a story that shows that living with grief can be tough. That dealing with loss, and losing your sense of connection with others and the world around you, can be devastating and invisible to people close to you.

Graciela is dealing with the loss of one of her best friends and immersed herself in the digital world of the waves and diving with her link. It’s her escape from reality, from her grief.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
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"There are people who claim that when you die while Diving something stays behind."

I dove into this novel expecting technology and mystery. I did not expect to resurface with a creative retelling of the Persephone and Hades myth in AI fashion. Is my inner nerd and mythology guru excited? Well, do cats meow! The novel is much more than just a retelling though. Coping with the loss of a friend, finding who you are, shedding masks and reality verse virtual reality is the tip of the neatly hidden i
Elizabeth Gomez
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Wire Wings" is a novel that had me screaming and speechless at the same time. This is truly a story that will touch a reader in so many ways.

Read my full review here:
W. Ross
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read young adult but was drawn to the sci-fi aspect of this book, and I wasn't disappointed.

The story is very character driven and I got taken with the protagonist and invested in her story very early on. The characters, their relationships, and their journeys were believable and well realized, but being YA, of life experiences now distant in my rear view mirror. Despite this, I came to really care about the main character. A central conceit revealed late in the book I found not
D.M. Siciliano
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning.
Handman has an extremely elegant way of storytelling that captivates from the very first paragraph. Within the first page, I found myself a bit giddy, feeling like I'd discovered a diamond in the rough.
A natural storyteller, Handman delivers a beautiful story while taking us through the depths of love, loss, and discovery.
Graciela's character is so well developed, by the end she was absolutely real to me.
Still reeling from the loss of her best friend, she struggles in the
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to The Parliament House Press and Wren Handman for the ARC!

Wire Wings is the story of Graciela Neumann, a young girl who’s best friend has just passed away. She is learning to adjust her life without her best friend by her side and find herself again; who is her true self?

It’s a very compelling story of grief, I found myself relating to Graciela in her ups and downs as she works her way through high school, friends and family. She struggles to find her voice, to speak up and voice her
C.M. McCann
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Whew, what a ride! This book was an easy read and absolutely kept me reading! And while I didn't see the ending coming (bonus points for you, Handman, that's a tough thing to do), I did see the big reveal at the false climax coming a mile away.

The subtle way sexuality/gender was woven throughout was lovely to see, something (despite our progressing times) I don't see often in books. It was refreshing, to say the least.

I do have to say there a
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is a beautiful, complicated AI romance that puts into question what we know about computers and the human experience of grief. There's a lot packed in this novel that showcases a young, Latin girl who's father publisizes the existence of a real AI. When this AI goes rogue and proves impossible to find to anyone except Graciela, it becomes a national security threat.
The author does an amazing job developing the char
Pygmy Puff Reads
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Wire Wings takes the concepts of virtual reality into a whole different level when the author introduces these concepts into a quantum computer, this is already a reality and in the future, we will be struggling with questions that this author makes us ask when we are reading Wire Wings. We get to follow an AI that's so real we begin to question gender, laws, and rights for artificial intelligence. But more importantly, this book is about loss, love, and overcoming difficult times. In this book, ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was really good! It’s a futuristic retelling of Persephone and Hades! It took me awhile to understand everything that was going on, but once I did it was amazing! I feel like it will be so much better when i reread it since I understand the technology now. I absolutely loved how the Waves were so realistic and how you can dive to all these sites and change your look. I liked how the grief and loss was there but not overwhelming. I loved Khaiam! I really shipped him and Gracie. I also r ...more
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gracie was a very interesting character to read about. I love sci-fi books and this book was good! Gracie's determination to escape her reality is one that a lot of readers can sympathize with! And the virtual space that was created in the novel was interesting. Would you want to join a virtual space for the chance to escape your life? Overall, I enjoyed this book. Though I felt that the representation of panic attacks/anxiety were a little off. It was an enjoyable read though! ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love when an author writes a book where you just get sucked deep into the world. There has only been a couple other VR related books I've read before but Wire Wings is in a whole different category to me. It can't really be compared to the others.
The Waves to me are a means for an escape and that's what makes me continue reading and learning more about Graciela.
Thank you Wren for the wonderful world and I can't wait for more.
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story was amazing. The story is set in the future and is about a teen girl dealing with the loss of a friend. And how she escapes from her reality and the problems that occur when everything goes to far. Loved this book!
Maria Lebron
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I found this story to be very interesting and had me reading for hours. I loved the story and the writing is so good which this always draws me in further to read a book. I felt i was in the story along with the characters. I will reading more books from this talented writer.
Gwen Maroon
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. This is my favourite novel so far by Ms. Handman. I loved the look at the future and what can happen when older teens are given a free run of a complicated system. Very compelling.
C. Lewis
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!!❤ The different worlds created in the waves. I also weeped for the main character and the grief she endured. I seriously can't recommend this book enough. ...more
Josie Boyce
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-reads-2020
Great YA sci fi

Of the cyberspace variety. I can't say i didn't see the end coming,but i was glad to as it played out just as i'd hoped. Would be happy to read more stories in this world.
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Wren Handman is a novelist and screenwriter living in soggy Vancouver, which gives her plenty of time to curl up in front of a computer.

She primarily writes young adult fiction and fantasy novels. In her screenwriting, her emphasis is on the real world with a touch of fantastical. She believes that what we see in media impacts how we see the world, and she hopes to make that view brighter.

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