Who can you trust when nothing is as real as virtual reality? In a time when nothing is as real as virtual reality, sixteen-year-old Eila is shortlisted in a competition by a global technology giant. But then law enforcement officers force her to spy for them, underground activists reveal a murderous plot and someone uses virtual reality to fill her head with a stranger’s thoughts. Amid secrets, lies and distortions, Eila must decide how far she will go to protect innocent lives.
Sixteen-year-old Eila loves virtual reality and when she is shortlisted to be the face of tech giant Pearl, she thinks it will be the best time of her life. The problem is who and what can you trust when virtual reality is taking over the world?
When a government agency forces her to become a spy for them and her activist friend uncovers a murderous plot, Elia must decide far she is prepared to go to protect not only herself, but many innocent lives.
This is a fast-paced, futuristic thriller, full of twists and turns and all based around the use of virtual reality. Given the rise in technology, this may be in the not too distant future. Readers will love Eila and her friend Mei, as they try to outsmart the adults who are determined to control everyone’s lives.
Full of courage and compassion, Eila must make life threatening decisions on the run, and has only herself to trust to work out which facts are real and which are a figment of imagination.
A great read that will make you question whether a life controlled by technology, with no human empathy or understanding, is a life anyone would want!
A great read that will most appeal to girls in Year 9 and up.
Reviewed by Michelle