Sol Smith, author
A dystopian tale that feels all-too-real! What if we gave our individuality and freedoms away to corporations and social networking? Scott Goode is a high school student experiencing the national curriculum through Clearchannel screens just like every other teenager in the country. He logs his activities and interest, keeping careful track of purchase points and credits earned by mentioning his favorite products. His friends all follow the same virtual reality shows nightly with their Dreamcatcher units. His father is a hologram, installed by the Peacekeepers to minimize divorce rates while fathers are on deployment. When his actual father dies and his contract allows for the corporations to use the hologram--and his father's image--for advertisements, Scott and his brother finally decide to do something to stop it. When he is caught violating user agreements and sent to a credit restoration home, Scott is led deep into the mechanics of the machine and makes contact with the rebellious members of The New Paradigm. Ultimately, Scott's journey is an inner one, leading him to a new understanding of himself and his world.