I first met author PJ Haarsma several years ago when I worked with his non-profit charity Kids Need to Read on their first website. His first book in The Softwire series, Virus on Orbis, had just been released and it proved to be an excellent read.
The story centers on 12-year-old Johnny Turnbull and his younger sister who were born and raised by a computer after their parents – and all adults – on board their starship passed away. When they reach their destination on Orbis 1, all of the ship’s children learn they must work as slaves to pay off the debts of their deceased parents.
Johnny turns out to be a “softwire” – a human who can manipulate a computer with his mind. So when the planet’s computer begins to mysteriously malfunction, he turns out to the prime suspect and must prove his innocence before time runs out.
Though aimed at young readers, the characters and story are well-written and fleshed out enough to hold the interest of adult sci-fi fans.
Now four books into The Softwire universe, Haarsma’s first book, Virus on Orbis, has just been made available as a free download for the Kindle via Amazon.
Give it a try – I’m sure you’ll be hooked on the series.
One of my favorite genres of books to read is the fantasy genre. If yours is too, you may want to check out the Guardians of Legends series by author J.C. Chancellor.
The first book is Son of Ereubus and it was published in November 2010. The summary blurb on the book reads:
Three thousand years ago, Man irresolutely placed his faith in a mythical world. That world, Adoria, now holds Man’s final hope.
As the last stronghold of Man is threatened, the fates of three strangers become forever intertwined and everything they once believed will be irrevocably changed as they discover that their time has run out.
I have to admit, I haven’t read it yet, but the Amazon reviews for it are really good. Speaking of Amazon, you can pick up a copy of Son of Ereubus for just $14.
However, I found out that you can get an E-version of the book to read on your computer for free, from the author herself. That’s right, completely free. I’ve already downloaded it.
Why would someone give their book away for free? Well, Chancellor has the second book in the series, Blood of Adoria, coming out later this month.
So the idea is that by letting you read the first book, you’ll be hooked and purchase the second one when it comes out.
So if you want to check out Son of Ereubus, you can find the link to download it at the author’s personal blog, Welcome to the Asylum.