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.
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