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Remote
by Lisa Acerbo
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Release Date: December 2018

Summary:

When technology fulfills every dream, reality is a nightmare.
Below the streets of New State, the Grounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. When dusk falls, Wren risks her life by entering the capital city as a raider to secure resources for the rebellion. Each step further inside puts her life in jeopardy from New State’s deadliest weapons – Phantoms. More machine than human, tortured until devoid of emotion and caring, Phantoms have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.
Wren is good at her job as a raider and committed to the cause until she meets Codex, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Wren feels for Codex is very real. And it’s punishable by death.
As she and Codex grow closer, Wren convinces him to leave New State for the underground. But unrest between New State and the Grounders escalates, and Phantoms move in to destroy her world. Nothing goes as Wren planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Wren’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever...
★★★★★ Science Fiction, Romance, and Lots of Action - Remote is one of those books that just hooks you from the first page… - Voracious Reader 
★★★★★ Enjoyable & Innovative Novel - Enjoyable Sci-Fi Romance that I highly recommend….5 stars. Overall, novel was well-paced, characters are well-developed, and story is detailed but not too verbose. Although the relationship that emerges between [Codey] and [Wren] is predictable, it did not feel forced or rushed. - Janine 
★★★★★ Remote is quite the page turner! - A unique and intriguing blend of science fiction and adventure that really engages the reader and makes one think long after the last page. This book is in the YA genre but will appeal to readers of all ages - there's honestly someting for everyone. It also is poised for further installments and here's hoping we can delve into this thrilling world soon again. - Frank T
Remote is about a world divided by technology. Those who live in New State are controlled by it and those who live underground rebel against it.



The streets, perishing in wintery darkness, ignored the girl slipping inside the hospital’s side door. A solitary nurse monitored the mostly empty floor. Wren had a gun strapped to her side and a knife in her hand but didn’t think she’d need it. Research on the facility showed that surgeries occurred during the daytime, and it wasn’t like people died of natural causes. Everyone, even Grounders like her, knew life expired at 100 in New State, and crematoriums existed elsewhere for death and disposal.
The need for medication in her underground home brought her here.
Bright lights stained white walls. A bedridden woman didn’t appear human behind wires attached to her brain and the machinery monitoring her vitals. She experienced a blissful labor thanks to drugs pumped into her system. Technology thrummed in the background, monitoring changes to the patient’s status. Computers altered levels of medications for peak efficiency.
New Stater believed all errors were human errors. Wren’s father had told her otherwise, and as the leader of the rebel Grounders, he knew the truth.
The girl observed the efficient woman wearing a silver and white New State uniform clean, weigh, and conduct tests on the newborn. She checked his temperature, measured the circumference of his head, pricked his heel and tested for thyroid problems, enzyme deficiencies, and genetic disorders. After a computer mainframe declared the infant healthy, the nurse brought out the Computerized Holographic Implant Program or CHIP, a small silver ring half the size of a thumbnail.
The owl-eyed nurse hooked the infant up to a crib-shaped operation station that pumped the tiny baby full of sedatives. After strapping his head in place and pressing a button, robotic arms conducted surgery. Lifeless, metallic fingers lasered an incision and implanted the CHIP into the baby’s brain. Another slice of the laser by his ear would allow the diamond-shaped port to form that would allow him to plug in and hook up when older.
Returning after surgery, the nurse activated the infant so he could earn his spot as a cherished citizen. Wren watched her unhook the baby and hold him aloft for his mother to admire, but the medications left the bedridden woman in a happy haze. Pupils large, the new mother’s reality had nothing to do with the baby.
The caregiver shrugged her shoulders, unconcerned. “Time to go,” the nurse informed to the pink bundle in her arms, moving down the sterile hallway. “You need to condition well. Your parents are important citizens in New State. It’s a shame your mother wanted to go retro and do natural birth. So antiquated.” The whitewashed woman strode out of the birthing room, the squeak of her soft-sole shoes brisk on the floor.
 
The empty hallway beckoned. Wren moved quietly looking for medications. Any medications, but especially antibiotics.




World Building in Remote by Lisa Acerbo
Every day I enter my high school classroom to witness students playing the latest game on their device or texting a friend. Even when I say “put you phone away,” the occasional student glancing secretively toward his or her lap, trying to hide the fact that a cell phone rests there, and a message is being sent or received. According to the Pew Research Group1, as of January 2014: 90% of adults in the United States have a cell phone. There’s little doubt that technology has changed our lives.
Between watching how connected students are to their phone, the push at the school level to embrace technology, and having a class analyze “The Veldt” and “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury, my desire to build a world where technology ruled was kindled. The idea for Remote was born and New State, the technological capital, took shape. 
Think about it. Most of us work on the computer every day. For me, it is planning lessons, marketing books, writing, or teaching online college classes. We use cell phones to send messages and stay up to date with email.  Like my students, I also can’t resist the pull of Candy Crush and Words with Friends. (I feel old because these games have come and gone in their popularity).  My cell phone sits at my bedside in case of an emergency call from family.
The world of New State was constructed so that the reader could consider the consequences of technology. I’ve read articles saying technology isolates individuals and used this in my world building of New State. Today, conversations are often replaced with text messages, Snapchats, and Instagram.  In New State, it is even more extreme. Nothing happens face to face. Individuals would rather engage in a computer-created world than deal with reality. It is only through technology that characters in New State meet people and partake in life experiences. There is no balance. New State citizens live in a world of computer-generated instantaneous gratification and excess.  
Doubtless, technology has benefits. Knowing that my daughter can reach me at any time makes me feel secure. I can get GPS and directions when driving using Google. Students find information, record homework, read books, and even type essays on their phones. But the same Pew Research Fact Sheet1 stated that “67% of cell owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls — even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating.”  I hope the book will open discussion on how technology has changed society, especially for younger generations.

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  1. Thanks for being part of my book tour. Check out lisaacerbo.com for more info and updates.

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