By Gary Sheerin
Peter Dempster is a non-entity at his high school, an afterthought, and a social outcast. He’s not athletic enough to run with the jocks or rich enough to hang with the high society crowd, and he’s not talented enough to…well, do anything with computers or science, so he’s not even a nerd.
But when he’s struck by lightning one night while sitting at his computer, everything changes. He changes. And pretty soon, it’s clear that no one can ignore him anymore.
This chance event knocks Peter out and knocks him into the realization that he can fold into his computer screen and into a digital world. In his digitized form, Peter interacts with the bits and bytes and other never before seen or heard or understood personalities that make up Cyberworld.
It’s a dangerous world, both inside and out. But he’s not just a strange new visitor – he’s been expected. An unknown ‘they’ have been watching Peter’s every move.
This place will transform Peter into something he would never have thought he could be or even aspire to be - a hero.
Peter was the bottom student in his computer lab class. This was because he understood very little about computers. Terry, on the other hand, was a genius with computers, and loved to bully Peter. That is, until Peter was struck by lightning, and instantly could see and enter the inside of his computer. Then after Terry secretly releases a very destructive virus, it is up to Peter, with the help of his new digital friends inside his computer, to find the patch before it’s too late.
I was drawn into Peter’s family struggles, and how common they are, bullying, depression, joblessness, poverty. I enjoyed this story with all the likeable characters, except for Terry. The digital characters were given such fun personalities, and made the plot easily maneuverable. This was definitely a new and interesting way to portray computer programming.
**The above opinions are 100% my own, whether I purchased the book or it was given to me to review.
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