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HARDWIRED
by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

HARDWIRED by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

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About the book: When 17-year-old Lucas Marshall tests positive for the M0A1 gene—a genetic abnormality believed to predispose humans toward violence—he is shipped off to an impregnable government facility to undergo a battery of psychological tests aimed at making him crack. Now, having survived their tests and proven his mental stability, Lucas is labeled safe to return home. In route to the reintegration facility, the van transporting Lucas is forced off the road by a group of radicals who are intent on accessing the facility and exposing its dehumanizing practices. And Lucas is their ticket through the front door. Spurred by rumors that the facility is secretly holding one of his old friends captive, Lucas and his bunk mate, Chris, agree to infiltrate the testing facility’s inner sanctum. But once inside, Lucas’s carefully laid plans begin to unravel, and he is forced to place his trust in the group of kids still locked inside. But when every genetic test claims your only allies are hardwired to become the next Charles Manson, it’s impossible to know who to trust.

About the authors: Lindsay Currie resides in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and three amazing kids. She grew up in a small town called Galesburg, Illinois and spent the majority of her childhood writing poems, journaling, and scribbling down ideas on the palms of her hands. With a love of language and a passion for great fiction, making the decision to write seriously was a simple one. Vivid memories of the teenage years, both beautiful and haunting, fuel Lindsay's desire to write for young adults. Currently, she spends her time toggling back and forth between the worlds of her co-authored horror/thrillers with Trisha Leaver, including Creed, Sweet Madness, and Hardwired, and her own solo young adult projects. She is a member of SCBWI and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014. http://lindsaycurrie.com/

Trisha Leaver resides on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather excitable black lab. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Social Work. Having dedicated time in the social service field as child advocate, Trisha has had the unfortunate opportunity of seeing some of the blacker shades of life and the honor of witnessing some of the most amazing stories of recovery and triumph. She draws upon these experiences to weave stories that show the depth and courage of the human spirit in today’s youth. Today, Patricia is a free-lance editor and a proud member of the SCBWI and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts upcoming in 2014. She’s the author of The Secrets We Keep (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, April 2015) http://www.trishaleaver.com/

Praise for HARDWIRED:

"This fast-paced, not-so-distant dystopian futuristic tale will appeal to teen readers. VERDICT: A must-have for libraries seeking dystopian futures packed with action, violence, and moral dilemmas.” – School Library Journal

“I enjoyed the main character Lucas and his roommate/friend Chris. I loved that in spite of this awful situation, they were able to really be there for each other. It was a solid male friendship in a genre that is sorely lacking solid male friendships….definitely fast-paced, with a lot of action throughout. The end was particularly exciting….” – It Starts at Midnight

“Trisha and Lindsay’s writing is so fluid and easy to read. They write very simply and I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s just that sometimes you read books where the author’s writing over-complicates everything about the story for whatever reason. That was not the case with Hardwired. They wrote the suspense of Lucas’s situation in very nicely. Nearing the final few chapters, I was on the edge of my seat reading to figure out what was going to happen. And when it did happen, I was pretty shocked. I don’t think I saw this one coming….Hardwired is a quick and yet suspenseful read that’ll give you a shocking character revelation!” – Sleeps on Tables

“If you like a quick science fiction book that is loaded up to the brim with action, then this is a great book to pick up. It’s incredibly fast-paced and has a story line that will practically blow you away….Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie definitely have a flair for writing unique YA novels…novels that make you think while reading…and after all, aren’t those the best kinds?” – Here’s to Happy Endings

“Lucas was a very interesting character. I loved learning more about him and his family, especially his brother. He'd kind of already been through all of this facility stuff before because of the stories from his brother, so in a way he kind of knew what he was doing more than everyone else there. I also liked Chris; he was pretty funny, especially in the beginning. This book was very fast-paced and I loved that. Its length and the action allowed me to fly right through it! I know for sure that I'll be picking up more by these authors in the future.” – Downright Dystopian

“This book had my heart both racing and aching! My favorite character is Carly because she is a truly awesome girl! She is bossy, strong, and kind all rolled into one. She has a special kind of girl power!” – 5 Girls Book Review, review by Arianna, age 12 years, 11 months

“Lindsay and Trisha gave a great lead character in Lucas. I really liked that it was a male lead, and I loved that he had a male best-friend. This book was so fast paced and short with a very dynamic topic, this made me think it could have been longer or a series. I ended the book wondering what was the message or the out come. It was a great concept but not much changed. I thought this book had great suspense, twists and had my chest beating fast.” – Take Me Away to a Great Read

Praise for the authors’ previous book, Creed:

“[A] a straight-ahead, cover-your-ears tale of terror that grows more nihilistic and grueling by the page….Leaver and Currie do the best thing horror authors can do, presenting protagonists who make smart choices, over and over, but to no avail. Now that’s scary.” – Kirkus

“The authors create a believably desperate and terrifying situation….” – Publishers Weekly

“Welcome to a town that makes "Children of the Corn" look like child's play….What makes “Creed” so terrifying? For one, its monsters are human.” – MTV News

“The growing menace and tension is alleviated by humor ("There is nothing like the heel of your boot sinking into a freshly dug grave to ruin the mood"), and teens will be interested in the insights of the main character, a former foster kid who has finally found a loving home and a boyfriend….A fine horror debut.” – Books You Can Die in the Middle Of

“An absorbing read, and one that I could see my students lapping up.” – Karen’s Blog

“A super creepy read that I recommend be enjoyed with the lights on! Mounting dread and the escalation of events make this a thrill ride.” – Cayocosta72

“Creed is a wonderfully crafted, bone chilling psychological thriller that will leave you seething with hate for Elijah and concern for the ones that make it out of Purity Springs. I will warn you though, this book doesn't hold back on the on the bone chilling horror or gore, so if you’re looking for a happily ever after, then you should probably find something else, but if you want a thrill, then you should definitely give this one a go, you won’t be disappointed.” – Christy’s Book Addiction

“Leaver and Currie did not set out to write a happily-ever-after. They set out to make you totally loathe a character and scream at the pages, which is precisely what this story does. Creed leaves you haunted …and in need of a punching bag. A big one. I dare you to put it down. A lethal five-stars.” – Cape Cod Scribe

“This kept me guessing what would happen next. Violence and gore, so be mindful if that is not your thing. And given how the story wraps up, this is definitely in line with horror, where there isn't quite as neat an ending as you might like, but one that leaves the reader wholly unsettled.” – Stephanie Scott

“With lucid writing and a creepy plot, Creed was an interesting read overall.” – Itching for Books

“Overall, I was really pleased (or rather scared) by the novel. I’m so glad I picked this up and nearly devoured it in one sitting!” – The Writing Duo

“There’s something incredibly disturbing and sinister about this story. The plot is not overly detailed or blunt, there’s not an abundance of gore or carnage but what Leaver and Currie do astoundingly well is create an atmosphere of utter hopelessness and terror.” – Young Adult Book Madness

“Creed is definitely the most horrifying book I have read in a long time, and quite possibly ever. The dismal atmosphere was palpable, and for better or worse, I was sucked into this world completely. If you like to be thoroughly creeped out and disturbed, then you’ve found the right book.” – It Starts at Midnight

“This book was a thrill and the ending was a bit open but that just means we can make our own conclusions, which let me think and I love it when a book makes my head work….I would definitely recommend this if you like thrillers, mind twisters, and horror. This is a great ook to read on a cold, wintry night with a nice cup coffee.” – Read-A-Holicz

“All in all though Creed is a disturbingly creepy, tense read but one that will hook you from the start. It had me shuddering and crying along with the characters. It’s the first book in a long time that made me feel things so intensely. I felt fear, loathing, pity and heartache all in the space of a few pages. Creed is a must read but be prepared to have your emotions played with because the authors take no prisoners!!” – Book Lovers Life

“This was a great YA title with a darker side and I’m ready to read more from these two authors in the future. Looking for something suspenseful in a YA title? This fits perfectly! Happy Reading!” – A Life Bound By Books

“The whole story is the kind that you can't put down because you just think, okay, I'll read until they get out of this mess and have a minute to rest. But every time one thing might seem to be fixed, something else happens that is more to deal with. And each new thing seems to be heavier than the last.” – Lisa Loves Literature

“I think teens who love survival/horror stories will eat this one up. I won't hesitate to recommend it to them.” – Annette’s Book Spot

“I truly have no idea how anyone can dig into the depths of pure evil and write such a novel. The situation is unspeakable, the characters are indescribable and the writing is absolute brilliance.” – Room With Books

“I would absolutely recommend Creed to people, as long as you don’t mind a dark, scary read that both emotionally thrills you and horrifyingly appalls you.” – Wonderland of Reading

“This book is dark, depressing, haunting, and disturbing, but this book is also very well written, well planned, well paced, and above all else has real characters that you connect to from the start. Do I recommend this book, absolutely, but with the warning that what you read will invade your thoughts and pleasant dreams.” – The Bookend Family