Scott’s skills as a surveillance expert come in pretty handy when he’s breaking down firewalls. But hacktivism isn’t enough; he’s going after the holy grail—UltSyn’s Human Information Drives, human assets implanted with cerebral microchips. While plenty of hackers are trying to save the world these days, all Scott wants is to find his sister in Hello World.
After following the clues to London, he makes a plan to kidnap the technical marvel heading into town. When this Human Information Drive turns out to be someone unexpected his nerve waivers. The HID, who calls herself Sonia, would be priceless on the market, but born out of joint self-preservation the two team up.
With her contacts, they travel across Europe in the search of personal secrets and leave a trail of industrial espionage all for the sake of misdirection. As the unlikely pair digs deeper into restricted databases, Scott discovers that those who enlist with UltSyn get far more than they bargained for. Not only is this secret HID program is much bigger than he had imagined, students are lining up for a future they only think this biotech wonder company can provide. Even worse, these leads are getting him nowhere closer to his own goals.
Plunged into a world of human trafficking, Scott is determined to find his sister no matter the cost, which tests Sonia’s fragile friendship with him. But when the information reveals the people closest to Scott have been working for UltSyn all along, he has to find them—before UltSyn finds him.
Hello, World had its cover reveal yesterday, but since I had already scheduled a Top Ten Tuesday, I asked co-authors Tiffany Rose and Alexandra Tauber to do a character interview, so that we can all get a peek at the main characters!
What is your favorite food, and why?
Scott: I actually forget to eat fairly often, so in those times I’ll happily make do with whatever is around. But if international food delivery was a thing, there’s a burger place in Redmond that’s my all time fave.
Sonia: Tonkotsu Ramen. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a good ramen place though.
If you had a free day with nothing to do, what would you do?
Scott: Likely not believe I truly have a free day for half of it and then spend the other half watching movies.
Sonia: I’d spend a lot of it catching up on current events, and somehow end up listening to Scott recite the movie lines since he wouldn’t be watching anything he hasn’t seen ten times.
What’s the most important trait to you in a friend or romantic partner?
Scott: Someone that doesn’t make me justify my existence to them.
What are you most afraid of?
Scott: Mobster like tactics from a Fortune 500 tech company. When greedy people don’t care about even Public Relations, they are far more dangerous.
What do you like best about yourself?
Scott: Uh… persistence.
What do you like the least about yourself?
Scott: Persistence is actually what gets me in the most trouble, so some days even that too.
What unusual hobbies or interests do you have?
Scott: Does hacking my way across Europe count as a hobby? Because that definitely doesn’t count as “professional behavior”.
Sonia: I love learning languages. Simply hearing them, despite being mute myself, is the best way to learn something new.
What part of your life are you willing to spend more money on for quality?
How do you measure success?
Sonia: When it benefits more than just those in power.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Scott: People who act like cloud computing is super new and innovative when it’s actually old tech. Oh! And when people complain about using electronics on planes when plenty of planes now have built in wi-fi.
Sonia: When I can’t get through an episode of anything on TV before it’s spoiled for me by, ahem, someone.
Scott: Ha, okay, this libel is really getting out of control.
When do you consider it an appropriate time to lie?
Scott: Anytime it protects you or someone you care about.
Sonia: When I know I’ll get away with it.
Where would you live, if you could live anywhere in the world?
Scott: I would have liked to give Paris a real shot. Or at least played tourist for a bit longer.
Sonia: Somewhere that feels like home. I haven’t found that place yet, so I’m not sure.
What would you like to be remembered for after your death?
Scott: That I actually did care about everything that happened.
Sonia: I’m happy to be remembered. UltSyn nearly took that away from me.
What do you always keep with you?
This book sounds like a whole lot of fun to me, and I can’t wait to read the full book!
It has a neurodivergent bi ace main character, which Tiffany Rose said she was very excited about, since she is one. However, she mentioned that it is not the main point of the novel.
Hello World comes out next month, but you can read the first chapter on Wattpad here, if you’re a member!