Sixteen-year-old Sulan Hom can’t remember life before the Default—the day the United States government declared bankruptcy. As a math prodigy, she leads a protected life, kept safe from the hunger and crime plaguing the streets of America. She attends the corporate-sponsored Virtual High School, an academy in Vex (Virtual Experience) for gifted children.
Beyond the security of Sulan’s high-tech world, the Anti-American League wages a guerrilla war against the United States. Their leader, Imugi, is dedicated to undermining the nation’s reconstruction attempts. He attacks anything considered a national resource, including corporations, food storage facilities—and schools. When Sulan witnesses the public execution of a teenage student and the bombing of a college dorm, she panics.
Her mother, a retired mercenary, refuses to teach her how to defend herself. Sulan takes matters into her own hands. With the help of her hacker best friend, Hank, Sulan acquires Touch—an illegal Vex technology that allows her to share the physical experience of her avatar. With Touch, Sulan defies her mother and trains herself to fight.
When Imugi unleashes a new attack on the United States, Sulan finds herself caught in his net. Will her Vex training be enough to help her survive and escape?
When I read a book. I try to figure out what happens before it happens. In this book, I predicted quite a few things right. Other things caught me completely off guard. The plot went decently smooth. Sulan is worried because the Anti-American League, a terrorist organization, keep blowing up different schools and organizations. Sulan wants her mom to teach her self defense. Her mom is adamantly against it. The whole time when I was reading, I kept thinking if they keep blowing up things, how will self defense classes help against a bomb? There were quite a few great fight scenes. The one at the auction had me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I loved all of the characters. I don't think I could pick a favorite. I felt a lot of pity for Uncle Zed. It must have been rough to go through what he went through. However, he provided great comic relief at times. Taro didn't trust Gun, but I really like him. I'm hoping the book two covers a lot more of his story. I really liked The League. I can't wait for the second book in the series, to find out what happens to Sulan next.
I give Sulan: 4/5.
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Special thank you to Virtual Author Blog Tours for letting me participate in the blog tour.