Nov 12

Hacker by Ted Dekker

 Author: Ted Dekker

Title: Hacker (Outlaw Chronicals)

ISBN: 978-1617952753

Available at: Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Goodreads

Overall Rating: 3 of 5

Family Friendliness: 2 of 5


Synopsis on Amazon:
My name is Nyah and I’m a hacker. I know things most people would never believe. Things that shouldn’t exist, but do. Seventeen year old Nyah Parks is a genius hacker whose world is unraveling. Deeply scarred from a horrific accident that killed her father and brother, and left her mother with irreparable brain damage, Nyah is barely holding the last shreds of her life together. Now, her mother’s health is deteriorating quickly and Nyah faces the grim prospect of losing her, too. One last ditch hope exists–an experimental brain surgery that could buy her mother more time. But Nyah must scrape together enough money to pay for it before it’s too late. Desperate and with no other choice, Nyah turns her programming skills to cracking the firewalls of the world’s largest corporations. She exposes their weaknesses, and then offers her services to secure their systems from hackers. But when the most dangerous job of her life backfires and forces her to go on the run, she encounters an impossible reality that shouldn’t exist, but does. A hack unlike any other. A hack that will take her beyond the firewall of the human brain itself. A hack, which may be the only way to save her mother now. What if there was a way to tap into the unseen reality that surrounds us all? Would you hack in? How far would you go to find the answers to your deepest questions? The answer lies deep beyond the firewall. Tap in, strap in, and experience the mind-twisting ride with Nyah. What you find waiting on the other side of the firewall might forever change the way you see yourself and the world you live in. ”

Roni’s Review:

Okay, so this was a book I found lying around the house, and decided to read for our family bedtime story. In parts, there was great action, and overall the book was good enough at capturing the attention of the reader. However, at some points it felt like I was reading a book on some other weird religion. There was a lot of non-Christian concepts in there that have leeched into our Christian faith over time. So, not too pleased with it. Other than that, the concept was new-ish, and the characters had great backstories…it just wasn’t Dekker at his best for me. I thus have not picked up the next two of the chronicles, which are also lying around the house. Dad slept through most of the book, and didn’t really seem interested in the recap I offered every night. Blood and death makes this a no-go for the younger kids, though teens should be fine. Overall not a bad story…just not an exceptionally good one either.