The Softwire: Virus On Orbis 1

The Softwire: Virus On Orbis 1 – 5/5 Stars

PJ Haarsma

I have to say that this book had me from the start! It was really an enjoyable read, one that I wish I had been able to come across as a teen reader. And what’s also awesome about it? It’s FREE on Kindle (click the image to get there).

So, The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 is a sci-fi novel, that, although it is considered a young adult novel, appeals to all ages. I really found the characters highly relatable and very interesting. As soon as I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.

The novel centers around a young boy, J.T., and his fellow human children. The group is traveling on a seed-ship to a remote place called Orbis, their new home. We find out early in the novel that there are no adults on the seed-ship, the Renaissance, and that they all mysteriously perished. They were originally headed to Orbis, to work one year on each of its rings. The children arrive to find out that they must work off the agreement their parents made as, sort of, a bunch of indentured servants.

J.T. is one of the older kids and he is a tough one. We find out he can talk to the computer by just thinking. The aliens on Orbis call people with this talent Softwires. J.T. doesn’t take too kindly to being singled out. Who could blame him?

The world of Orbis is described with great wonder. I really wish I could see this place. It seems awesome. J.T. has a few friends, and a silent sister, that follow him around and help him out during their time on Orbis 1. Just as they arrive, however, things start going wonky with the central computer – a supposed infallible piece of technology. Many of the citizens blame J.T.

You’ll have to read to find out who the culprits are behind this, but it is full of plenty of intrigue and information regarding a fully developed world. I really want to know more, and I have already purchased the second novel, The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2.

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