Hard Wired

320 pages

English language

Published Oct. 8, 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing USA.


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Quinn is a normal fifteen-year-old who plays video games, spends time with his friends, and crushes on a girl named Shea. He lost his father to cancer years ago but finds comfort in video messages his father left behind, one for each anniversary of his death. But this year, Quinn notices a strange code in the messages and unraveling it reveals a shocking secret that brings his entire world crashing down.

He's not normal. He's not fifteen. He's not even human. He's an artificial intelligence.

Quinn is the first fully self-aware AI in the world, part of a multibillion-dollar university experiment run by his "father," who is very much alive. Everything Quinn thought he knew is a lie, and his life becomes a never-ending nightmare of experiments and isolation—until he bonds with Shea, the real girl behind the virtual construct. As Quinn questions whom he can trust, he also wonders, …

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