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Hacker by Ted Dekker
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it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary, fiction, science-fiction, thriller

Hacker by Ted Decker is the final book in the Outlaw series. I enjoyed reading Eyes Wide Open the first book, so was looking forward to reading this one (though I haven't yet read book 2 Water Walker). All three books are loosely connected but, I believe, can stand alone.

Seventeen-year-old Nyah Parkes is brilliant coder. She makes a living by exposing the weaknesses of big business' IT security & then proposes she fix them, for a fee. Not that she's greedy, but she wants to make the huge sum necessary to give revolutionary treatment for her brain-damaged mom, all she has left of her family (apart from a cool Grandmother). When Nyah pulls off a daring sting of data-storage company, Blakbox, she finds herself in deeper waters than she can handle. She tracks down her friend Austin for help, and discovers he is pushing the boundaries further than the treatment she can no longer afford for her mother. He is 'hacking' the brain, pushing the mind beyond the mere physical realm in an attempt reproduce two previous out of body experiences and to understand reality at a deeper level.

At the same time as Nyah and Austin explore new levels of perception and reality, Blakbox is tracking down Nyah to eliminate her as a threat. Things soon escalate, and Nyah makes is faced with drastic decisions and risks, all in the name of saving her mother from death or a living-death. Will Nyah and Austin push past the levels of perception to greater knowledge and the ability to change and heal the body? Will they survive the process or the forces arraigned against them?

In this psychological thriller, Ted Dekker uses the analogy of computing and hacking (with firewalls, levels, etc) to explore the nature of existence and the possibility that the material world is not all there is. While at some points, towards the end the philosophical elements threatened to overload the plot, most of the time the story was on-the-seat-of-your-paints thriller, and a wild, emotional journey. Nyah was a great character, brilliant, passionate, flawed. And it was cool to meet Austin again (after his appearance with Christy in Eyes Wide Open). I loved the portrayal of the child, of Outlaw & the girl in India; and the message of being accepted. And while, at times, actions seemed out of control, the consequences (there were consequences) were realistic and believable.

All in all, an enjoyable and thought provoking read.
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Reading Progress

November 1, 2018 – Started Reading
November 1, 2018 – Shelved
November 1, 2018 – Shelved as: contemporary
November 1, 2018 – Shelved as: fiction
November 1, 2018 – Shelved as: science-fiction
November 1, 2018 – Shelved as: thriller
November 5, 2018 – Finished Reading

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