12.28.2006

HH Com 546

Fourteen-year-old Hannah is thrilled when her mother is elected the first female President of the United States. But joy turns to devastation when her best friend Sasha dies in a freak virtual reality accident while surfing the Grid, the world’s highly evolved electronic network.

Two months later and only seconds after Hannah’s mother takes the oath of office, a ghostly anonym appears at the inauguration. Hijacking every video screen, the anonym delivers an ultimatum. Hannah’s mother must resign within forty-eight hours or a powerful virus will destroy the Grid. The cyber-terrorist’s transmission yields only one clue, a digital signature
identical to one created by Hannah and Sasha. With less than two days to go, Hannah is recruited into NEST, a top-secret cyber spy agency located in a hidden basement of the White House. Using the tremendous power of the newly developed quantum computer, she takes to the virtual world to track down the terrorist and save her mother’s presidency. But, as she delves deeper into the Grid’s alternative universe, she uncovers a frightening connection
between her mother, the terrorist and her dead friend Sasha.


You're awash in details. Pare down. Focus.

8 comments:

Virginia Miss said...

unlike some hooks that got snarked as awash in details, at least I could follow this one. It presents a clear picture of what to expect from the novel. I wonder, though, would "virtual" action be exciting?

M. G. Tarquini said...

I was able to follow the detail in this one well, which gives me hope that I'd be able to follow the story.

If I read this on the back of the dust cover, I'd read the first few pages.

A Paperback Writer said...

Hmm. I did have a bit of trouble with too much info here, but I think it sounds very interesting anyway. I'd like to read more.

Kate said...

Also, 'do x or resign" does not seem that great a threat ...

Shalanna Collins said...

I think this one shows great promise. I don't always agree with the Snark rating, as I think maybe preferences and reading comprehension differ greatly between different readers with various expectations; try this one (complete with details) on a different agent, one who handles YA regularly. Or c'mon over to my LiveJournal and we'll type about it all--I have a book with a premise about a virus in the Grid (even using the term "Grid") that is under consideration over at Dorch for a new line (if that line ever comes into being, that is.) I'm at shalanna.livejournal.com--see you there, if you would like to talk YA and SF/thrillers. (Post a comment to get started and I'll do an entry or something where we can discuss the topic.)

skybluepinkrose said...

I'd give this one a try, too.

Anonymous said...

Do the terrorists have motivation? If they just want the president to resign because she's a woman, you're getting nowhere. These guys seem smart to me, going through the web, so I suspect they'd have a fairly complex reason for getting rid of the president.

Anonymous said...

Unless 'anonym' is a common term in sci-fi thrillers, you'd do well to define it. I've never read in this genre, so maybe your hook is only supposed to hook people who know the term, but...

a 'ghostly anonym' brought to my mind spectral opposites, and I don't think that's what you meant.