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No SMS, no email, no Facebook: in the digital age, who are you when you're disconnected from your friends?

No SMS, no email, no Facebook: in the digital age, who are you when you're disconnected from your friends?

In Rick Lawrence's world, everyone's online, all the time, immersed in a vast electronic sea of instant communication. Life's easy when you can do practically everything on one device, and stay in constant contact with your friends. Dr Carter Renfrew believes Rick and his friends represent the next step in evolution - the forerunners of a new species, 'Homo electronicus'. Communications companies are eager to exploit this new youth market, and are backing scientific research into the teen brain. But just how far is Renfrew willing to go to prove his theory? What happens when everyone's connected - and suddenly you're not? If you're no longer connected, do you even exist?

Reviews

Carmichael has created something remarkable, and yet disturbing at the same time, which makes the novel a standout read.

Viewpoint

Claire Carmichael's skill at picking cultural, commercial and scientific trends and taking them one step further into the future has triumphed once again. Hitting close to the bone, this book is a great insight into today's society and where we are headed.

girl.com.au

Sketching out a fascinating future landscape and working towards a thrilling mystery story. Those who enjoyed Carmichael's classic Virtual Realities series will find much to enjoy here.

The Australian Bookseller & Publisher

Teens will find this a fascinating story and it would also have excellent classroom application, with plenty of room for discussion of advertising, peer-pressure, privacy and more.

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  • EBook

    9781742754192

    August 31, 2011

    Random House Australia

    336 pages

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