So today we're talking about four books I absolutely adore: The Softwire Series, by P.J. Haarisma.
I gave the series a quick shout out a couple of weeks ago in my Middle Grade Spotlight, but I wanted to spend a little more time singing its praises. Plus I have a signed copy of the first book to give away--but we'll get to that in a minute. ;)
I discovered the series thanks to Project Book Babe (P.J. was one of the authors there, and I made it a point to read the books of all the authors on the panel before I went to the event) and fell in love instantly. Which is doubly amazing considering they're Sci-Fi, and I'm not all that huge of a fan of Sci-Fi. But the world of these books is so interesting, it's impossible not to get sucked in.
Basic premise? Johnny Turnbull is the first human Softwire--a human able to link directly to computers through his mind. And in the high tech rings of Orbis his skill is invaluable. He quickly becomes the focus of intergalactic intrigue. But there's a dark underside to the world, and the deeper he gets into the rings, the more he struggles to know who he can trust. The books are action packed and incredibly hard to put down. And I am so jealous of his world building. The richness and layers he adds to everything make the world jump off the page.
So yeah, they're awesome--and you do not have to be a kid to appreciate them. I promise. Bonus: there's an amazingly cool online environment to go along with the series. (I swear, if I had more time I would be so hooked on that website.) I definitely hope everyone gives the books a chance.
Which is why I'm giving away one of my precious signed copies of book one--and a bookmark:
And just like last week, I'm going to keep this nice and simple. All you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this post between now and 11:59 (PST) on Friday, October 15th. I'll post the random winner on October 16th, and send their prize as soon as I receive their mailing address. International entries welcome. :)
Good luck everyone!
Oh, and thanks for all the get-well-soon wishes last week. I'm still a *little* under the weather, but I'm doing much better. You guys are so sweet to care. :)