For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire worlds from scratch: Mars craters, shimmering lakes, any virtual experience her heart desires.
But she can’t code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget.
Until now. Because WAVE, the world’s biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets to meet its billionaire founder. The same billionaire who worked closely with Opal’s dad. The one she always believed might know where he went. The one who maybe even murdered him.
What begins as a small data hack to win the contest spirals out of control when Opal goes viral, digging her deeper into a hole of lies, hacks, and manipulation. How far will Opal go for the answers–or is it the attention–she’s wanted for years?
We’re better than the comment sections make us appear. Most of us are decent humans. The problem is, that’s not the kind of narrative that lends itself to scandalous headlines. It’s not what the internet trolls want. Sympathy doesn’t make for entertainment: the memes and spoofs and simulations that attract millions on WAVE.**
Thank you to Penguin Random House for letting me be a part of this tour, Girl Gone Viral is an amazing book.
In honor of Girl Gone Viral coming out yesterday (May 21, 2019), I decided to throw together some songs that you can listen to while you’re reading or to listen to once you finish reading to help you get over that reading hangover!
For those of you that use Spotify, I took the time to make a playlist. Some of these have context from the book, others just reminded me of the story! There’s a wide range of genres from jazz to IDM to pop, so there’s a little something for everyone!
- Autumn Leaves by Paul Desmond
- Hello World by Robby East
- Whatever it Takes by Imagine Dragons
- Miracle by The Score
- Natural by Imagine Dragons
- Into the Storm by BANNERS
- Legendary by Welshly Arms
- Sanctuary by Welshly Arms
- Brain Sweeties by Mogwai
- Tech7 by Abfahrt Hinwil
- Bulletproof by La Roux
- Titanium by David Guetta & Sia
- Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen
- Rise Up by Andra Day
- Outside by Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding
- Way Down We Go by KALEO
- Easier by Masionair
- In My Blood by Shawn Mendes
- Army of Me by Björk
- Uprising by Muse
About the Author – Arvin Ahmadi
Arvin Ahmadi grew up outside Washington, DC. He graduated from Columbia University and has worked in the tech industry. When he’s not reading or writing books, he can be found watching late-night talk show interviews and editing Wikipedia pages. Down and Across is his first novel, followed by Girl Gone Viral.
Where Can I Buy This Amazing Book?
Well, if you want to learn more about it, read some stellar reviews, and add it to your shelves, I would direct you to Goodreads.
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Drop in the comments: What songs remind you of Girl Gone Viral?
**Quotes come from the Advanced Readers Copy and should not reflect the final, published copy