Nyah is seventeen, brilliant, and has lost everything. Her father and brother died in a car accident which left her mother brain damaged. She's been accepted into a medical trial which is going to cost $250,000â€”money she doesn't have. She has a plan, but is left running for her life after it goes horribly wrong.
Nyah teams up with Austin, the only person she's ever met who is smarter than her. Austin's dying of a brain tumour, but he's got a plan _ which is a cross between Fringe and The Matrix. He's trying to find a mysterious person known as the Outlaw, as Austin believes the Outlaw will be able to heal him. In order to find the Outlaw, Austin is hacking into the most complex computer on the planet: his own brain.
The plot is fast-paced as the danger grows ever closer to Nyah. The characters are excellent and the writing outstanding. Dekker is one of the few authors I've read who have managed to pull off the combination of first person and third person point of view (first person from Nyah, third person from Austin and other characters). It shouldn't work, because it's a technique that reminds us we are *only* reading a book. It shouldn't work, but it did.
This is only the second Ted Dekker book I've read. I like suspense, especially romantic suspense, but the previous Dekker I read (Three) was so full of psychological suspense I didn't think I could put myself through that again (the only other book that's come close was Abomination by Colleen Coble). Anyway, while Hacker was full of suspense, it was a mixture of physical and psychological, and I was better able to cope with that (although there was one scene where I closed my eyes. I don't like drills). I still don't know if I'm brave enough to read Dekker's older books, but I certainly enjoyed this one.
Hacker is the fourth book in The Outlaw Chronicles, but is easily enjoyed as a standalone novel. I wouldn't call it Christian fictionâ€”Dekker's presentation of life and death in Hacker seems to only allow for a pleasant afterlife. Despite this possible drawback, it's excellent YA science fiction, recommended for teens who enjoyed tech-based Sci-fi.
Thanks to Worthy for providing a free ebook for review.
This is another in The Outlaw Chronicles. If you have not read some of them you may miss the full impact of the novel but the story does read well and can be enjoyed on its own.
This novel centers on a seventeen year old genius who has already completed college. Nyah is a computer whiz and can hack her way into almost anything. Having lost her father and brother in an auto accident, she desperately wants to keep her severely brain damaged mother alive. She needs money, more money than she's been getting with her jobs, so she takes a daring move and decides to hack into a large and secret corporation. When it all goes wrong she turns to a friend for help.
Austin is deep in a project exploring the brain. He has a brain tumor and is investigating the possibility of healing. He and Nyah travel into the mysteries of the spirit world, communicating with God and coming to a greater understanding of how He works in the world and in their lives.
Purely on the level of enjoying a well crafted novel, this one has it all. The character of Nyah pulled me in right away. She is so brilliant yet so desperate to keep her mother alive. I just wanted to hug her. The bad guys are really bad and Dekker does a great job of having us experience their evil. The novel also has lots of suspenseful action and sci-fi type experiences.
Christians will find great analogies to the Christian life in the book. The primary one is complete surrender to God. Another is trusting in the sovereignty of God. A third is the certainty of life after death - but this one is a little too vague for my liking. Dekker does not give any idea as to the difference between eternal life for believers and others. I would have rather Dekker had included a little something about judgment or another way of indicating that our beliefs in this life do matter.
I recommend this book as another good one from Dekker. There is much for Christians to appreciate in it. If shared with your non-Christian friend, it would give you an opportunity to clarify the reality of life after death and how our beliefs in this lifetime are crucial.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Nyah Parks is seventeen, brilliant, and a hacker to beat all others. After surviving a traumatic accident that left her mother brain damaged and the rest of her family dead, she's forced to fend for herself. In a drastic attempt to earn funds for a surgery for her mother, Nyah pulls the job of a lifetime landing her in more trouble than she could have imagined.
At her whits end and running from danger, she turns to the only thing she knows: hacking. But this next hack job isn't like anything she's attempted before. With her mother's life and so much more riding on this job's success, Nyah puts everything she has on the line.
Can she save her mother in time? Does she have what it takes to step beyond computer hacking and transfer that skill to the human mind?
Hacker grabbed my attention and threw me for a loop. You could call it 'the ride of a lifetime' - and I loved it!
I've been a long-time Dekker fan and this book is by far one of my favorites of his recent works! As some have noted, it's similar to his earlier novels, which I enjoyed the the best. I haven't read the previous books in The Outlaw Chronicles (yet) but I had no trouble stepping into this third novel.
The themes that Dekker brings out through his main character Nyah are beautiful and yet complex. She is layered yet extremely approachable as a character with her dry humor and ready intellect. Following her journey through the many twists and turns of the temporal and the unseen, you are connected to Nyah. Her journey becomes yours. Her loves and her struggles push you to discover what happens--to turn the next page, and the next...
An overarching theme in the novel is "deditio", Latin for surrender, and it is true, this book will teach you the beauty of learning to let go.
I definitely recommend it to fans of Dekker (especially his earlier works), to those who enjoy suspenseful thrillers, and to those who crave books that realistically push the limits of what is possible in this world. I'd also recommend Hacker to teen readers (16+). It could be a powerful force to engage in discussion around the themes revealed in the book.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
Nyah Parks needs money_big money_and quickly. Using her skills as a genius hacker, Nyah hacks into a company's security system in the hopes of receiving a job; however, she stumbles into trouble beyond her wildest imagination. Teaming up with her friend, Austin, Nyah enters a world she never knew existed. Coupled with futuristic aspects, faith, "Deditio" (meaning surrender in Latin), reality and consequences, Ted Dekker once again provides a thrilling read_
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
How does he do it? Ted Dekker writes yet another novel which partners real-life circumstances along with a parable causing the pages to turn quickly late into the night. While telling the story, the author actually encouraged me to consider my own life as a vessel for God's mission here on earth. Such an adventurous and thrilling read yet packed with subtle messages of faith, hope, trust, selfishness and contentment. Part of the Outlaw Chronicles, Hacker was another excellent addition to that series. Simply amazing. (I truly hope he continues this series while I read his other works in the meantime.)
5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Hacker (Outlaw Chronicles) from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*
Ted Dekker in his new book, "Hacker" Book Three in The Outlaw Chronicles published by Worthy Publishing takes us into the life of Nyah Parks.
From the back cover: My name is Nyah and I'm a hacker. I know things most people would never believe. Things that shouldn't exist, but do.
Seventeen year old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker who makes a living by cracking the firewalls of the world's largest corporations. But when the biggest job of her life goes wrong, she's plunged into a desperate situation with only one way out: one last hack that will either save her or kill her.
So begins Hacker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering world around us, the seen and the unseen, and reminds us that there's far more to who we are than meets the eye.
Who would believe that hacking could be so dangerous? Do I know how to hack a computer? Sometimes I barely feel I know enough to run the computer and software I have. So what happens when Nyah hacks into a computer and finds more than she ever thought possible? This is medical science pushed to the extreme. What is worse it not only is plausible it is possible and might soon be a reality. Get ready for some page-turning excitement as Nyah has to deal with forces beyond what she is able to deal with just in order to stay alive.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."