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Pilgrennon's Beacon

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A mildly autistic girl with a secret ability to mentally control computers becomes caught up in a feud between the two greatest minds of her time and attracts the wrath of a government supercomputer.
Paperback, 374 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Tangentrine (first published November 24th 2010)
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iambic
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Unique and ambitious, if flawed.
This series got brought to my attention in a pub discussion about Brexit, of all things. It was the only work of fiction anyone could come up about a future where the UK wasn’t a member of the EU. Considering the first one was published in 2010 they have some disturbing prophetic moments, and probably deserve to be better known. The second book, The Emerald Forge, is the better of the two, and I’d go as far as to suggest that if you aren’t familiar with the
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L.A.
“Freak” It is a word Dana hears often at school. But what is it that makes Abigail consistently go out of her way to bully and hurt her. Using her ability to make technology work for her just by thought, she finally finds sanctuary in Pauline and Graeme’s rambling home. Her brother Cale ignores her as is his wont but she knows he understands and cares about her. He too is autistic, and she has to suppose that this difference in her is what draws Abigail’s ire.

Because of the constant bullying at
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Noor Jahangir
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it

Pilgrennon's Beacon is the bleak tale of an autistic child, whose disability was exploited before she was even born. Now Dana is trying to come to terms with the fact that her organic brain is meshed with a computer processor able to communicate with anything giving off a signal, from radio to Bluetooth. Afraid of being lobotomised by curious doctors she goes on the run, only to be kidnapped by a katana wielding sociopath claiming to be her biological mother, who presses her to help locate the
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Nerine Dorman
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's not often that I award a book a full five stars but this is one of them. What I love about Manda's writing is her world-building and the way she effortlessly immerses me into her setting. Although this is a story told from the point of view of a young person, the themes that occur and are very much topical for an adult readership. As it stands, this story should appeal for a broad range of readers.

Having read Manda's earlier hard SF releases, it was a real treat to be able to see the
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Doreen Dalesandro
Dec 21, 2012 marked it as to-read
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