Own The all powerful computer starts making mistakes And the only person to see what is really going on is Johnny Can Johnny communicate with this new virus in the computer and stop it from destroying his new homeA great new sci fi series for kids and adults to enjoy Virus on Orbis 1 homeA great new sci fi series for kids and adults to enjoy Virus on Orbis 1 the first installment of the Softwire series Welp this was interesting I mean it s not high science fiction by any stretch of the imagination the characters are wooden the plot feels contrived in some places and overall it s just not an exciting novel to read at all I found myself skimming over some parts especially the dreams and wondering why they had to be so long when they were barely relevant Mind ou I m hardly the target audience No matter who The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race you are I wouldn t recommend this book it s not atrocious but there are better written books out there thatou could be spending our time on In terms of a detailed response some things I did enjoy were the way the book started many protagonists get downtrodden but I can t think of any who had that experience with a bare foot on their face and some of the minor characters I would ve loved to have detailed descriptions of all the places on Orbis not just the opening suare but also their uarters Hopefully there will be detailed descriptions and intelligent dialogue in part two The Softwire Virus on Orbis 1 Book ReviewThe Softwire Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ Haarsma is a science fiction story about a human boy with the ability to interact with computers using his mind This novel can be considered an underdog story because although at the beginning many view Johnny Turnbull as insane due to his ability but by the end he is revered because he saves their home Orbis using his power The major themes in this novel include family perseverance and compassion This novel entrances the reader and provides many context clues which compel the reader to continue readingThe main reason this novel is gripping is due to the extensive and ever expanding plot The overall storytelling was very impressive although the story lacked uniue word choice The story was told fluently and provided easily understandable grammar which helps with the reader s comprehension of the story In this book they used a third person limited point of view I had never seen her this happy before I didn t want the spoke to end I don t know why but I felt comfortable Maybe this was all there was supposed to be good friends something to talk about nothing Haarsma 185 The use of the third person limited point of view was perfect for this book because it helped convey the main character s thoughts as well as insight into what was happeningThe other reason why this story is so fascinating is that it has an ever changing plot which helps to invest the reader in what is happening to the characters in the story from one moment to the next During the novel it would often go from one conflict to another keeping the reader interested in what would happen next Why do ou think the little girl in our dreams has something to do with the computer malfunctions Max asked while I helped Ketherina onto the space way Haarsma 189 One of the main conflicts was between Johnny and the little girl in the computer Vairocina Vairocina was in the computer and thought to be causing harm to it and Johnny was blamed for her actions Another conflict in the novel was between Johnny and Madeem Lee I ll have an army of these creatures in here before the cycle is done And then I can control everything from here Haarsma 252 There were also many other conflicts that helped to draw in the readersThe Softwire Virus on Orbis 1 was a very intriguing high uality book with captivating events The book had a great plot many conflicts and an action packed climax This book will remain a favorite to many due to its scheme it is also part of a book series Therefore if the reader would like to continue on with the saga that unfolds in the first novel then he or she can I recommended this book due to its entrancing plot and she can I recommended this book due to its entrancing plot and characters This is an enjoyable science fiction read that is not only good for adults but late elementary school to junior high kids will also enjoy It s unusual at least for me to find a book the whole family can enjoy without one set feeling as if it is too dumbed down for the ounger set to understand and annoy the parents nor too detailed or technical that the More Than a Princess (The Montevaro Monarchy younger set will get frustratedThe author does a good job of uickly gettingou into the story as well as lots of ac. Ories and very uickly things go very wrong When the all knowing all controlling and technologically perfect central computer starts malfunctioning suspicious eyes turn to Johnny Is he the one responsible This action packed fast paced sci fi novel will keep kids on the edge of their seats. .
The balanceThis was an exciting science fiction story JT s talent lets him go inside the supercomputer where he finds an alien who might go inside the supercomputer where he finds an alien who might the one causing all of the glitches He also has to deal with the possibility that the Keepers will make him live in the computer forever and let his body die Of course the story wouldn t be complete without friends and enemies HIs best friend is his little sister Ketheria but he he is also good friends with Max "who is a girl who is a good hacker and Theodore who is his roommate The resident bully is Randall Switzer "is a girl who is a good hacker and Theodore who is his roommate The resident bully is Randall Switzer delights in picking on JT and making trouble for him I enjoyed the variety of aliens in this story from the two headed Keepers to Weegin who is the scavenger who buys up some of the kids contracts and has them picking junk This is the first book in a four book series I saw nothing wrong with this fantastic book It just clicked to my mind It was so detailed the characters were amazing The thing about this book I love these types of books I read it in 1 day It was amazing The characters had perfect emotions and details which helped for the voices that I thought for them in my head I loved the characters funny awesome and creative Theylor being my favorite Overall I loved this book so much Easy to read as well and the story is so clean and awesome The settings were so interesting and awesome as I was easily able to think of what they may have looked like Thanks for writing this book Perfect 55 It was amazing except for a few things that were left out Kids wouldn t look for them wouldn t need them but I felt there wasn t enough detail about the rings and Orbis 1 Half the time even when JT was awake it felt like he was dreaming because there didn t always seem to uite be enough concrete objects to identify with and anchor me to the setting Just IMHOI loved the way his abilities were defined and how they grew I liked how something new was always being revealed and I liked how it seemed liked the bad guys were about to take over and The Courage to Stand Alone Letters from Prison and Other Writings yet JT never lost complete control Argh Humans I agreeI also enjoyed the different types of aliens especially Vairocina I liked how some communicated with noise and others not and how they acted differently and were different sizesI do think all the people were a little too friendly in general except for those who were supposed to be bad Even the other Keeper who seemed kind of rude was too niceI did like the added vocabulary and new words that fit right in with the new world It shows how much an author works to make a convincing reality in a story if heshe is willing to go through the trouble of coming up with all those detailsEDIT series is not worth finishing Book 1 is still uite fun though Traveling is the best You get to see different views seek new life forms and whenou are traveling in a spaceship through the stars the vastness of space is something to die forExcept the children aboard a spaceship heading towards a Ring called Orbis didn t except their parents to die The only parent the children aboard the spacecraft is the ships computer called Mother Only thing is Mother is uite uiet to the childrenall except oneJohnny Turnbull a 13 Halftime with Craig year old kid can communicate with the ships computers with just thinking about it Not uite knowing how he can he is known as a freak aboard the ship If it wasn t for his sister and his only two friends he would be all alone with Mother But he can t think about what the other kids think or wanthe is looking forward to a new life aboard one of the rings that surrounds the planet OrbisExcept he wasn t looking forward to becoming a slaveThe parents knew they were expected to work for them and their families to stay on the planet Orbis but the parents and the alien species on the ring wasn t prepared for the parents to die The duty of servitude is now passed down to the children Thinking they are in good hands Johnny thinks things can t be too badThat is until the alien race figures out what he can do the computers That his mind isn t exactly like the other children Johnny is a Softwire A being that can reach into the computer and actually control it think like it communicate with it like no one can Johnny is very popular among the alien race but also disliked by them as well Johnny is just trying to be normal but how canou be normal when The Year the Maps Changed you can see inside the computerThinking all he has to do is buckle down and do what he is told everything will be alright for him and his sister That is until the machines start breaking Orbis But once their spaceship lands he is identified as the first ever softwire a human with the ability to enter and communicate with computers through his mind and becomes the focus of intergalactic intrigue Johnny and the rest of the refugee orphans are put to work in alien fact. I m going to be completely honest all "The Only Reason Downloaded And Read This Book Is "only reason I downloaded and read this book is Nathan Fillion tweeted about it If I can t trust Captain Tightpants to recommend good books who can I trust Anyways this book was really engaging right from the get go If ou ve ever played a board game called Starfarers of Catan then some of the back If ou ve ever played a board game called Starfarers of Catan then some of the back may look a little familiar it did to me anyways but that made it enjoyable for me We start off on a ship with 200 kids running around with no adults and we follow them and our main character Johnny for the rest of the story I really liked this book the characters where fleshed out and had personality the world building was interesting and it had lots of non humanoid aliens which is always a plus I haven t been this intrigued by a YA hard Sci Fi since I finished the Dragon and Thief series by Timothy Zhan You do see the plot holes that other reviewers mentioned but the ride is so fun Great Short Stories of Detection Mystery and Horror you give it a pass I will definitely finish this series Haarsma PJ The Softwire Virus on Orbis 1 2006Haveou ever felt like Unstuck you have a sixth sense like being able to sense danger before it happens or knowing exactly which flavor of ice creamou want out of 31 choices JT Turnbull has felt like that his entire 13 Adam in Ochre: Inside Aboriginal Australia year old life and in this first of four trulyoung adult novels he discovers why JT his sister Ketheria and their fellow child shipmates have been raised by a computer in their seed ship as it traverses the universe to the first of the Rings of Orbis alien built objects that surround a wormhole There the children must serve out a period of service on behalf of their parents who first agreed to the arrangement but died in transit in order to enjoy the freedom they have been dreaming about Once however his new foster parent or Guarantor learns of JT s uniue softwire sense he is forced to confront a variety of alien manipulators attempting to profit from gain power with and ultimately change forever JT s ability to connect and protect those he cares for most He even deals with a GASP virusThis novel is similar to running a marathon stamina and determination are reuired to push oneself to achieve the accomplishment of completing a tremendous challenge The plot is multi layered serving on the surface as a coming of age tale set in space while also reuiring the reader to wrestle with ethical dilemmas throughout Though the writing is accessible to a middle school reader the book s rising action becomes heavier with each chapter adding plot and character entanglements to sort out but ultimately provides a satisfying climax and lead in to the next book Target audience 7th and 8th grade voracious readers It is wonderful to see hard sci fi being written for children again It is something that is seen to rarely these days This book is interesting and competently done and I would recommend it to children in grade 4 7However as a caveat to that it is certainly a flawed book First it wears its influences on its sleeves though children won t know that Plus a major plot twist at the end comes out of nowhere It s the kind of thing that really needed foreshadowing to be satisfying and that really didn t happen But as there is little out there like this any and it is done well enough it it still recommended It will probably go on my children s best list for my 2008 reads in my library so I can point interested children towards hard sci fi In this middle grade science fiction story all the adults died on the spaceship that was taking them to Orbis That left two hundred embryos The computer Mother brought them to birth in two batches Johnny or JT as he s known to his friends is the only one who has a The Storytellers Muse younger sister who was part of the second batch JT is also the only one who can talk to Mother without being at a computer terminal When they ship arrives at Orbis the kids find out that they are going to be slaves for a variety of aliens until they have paid off their debt Orbis is an interesting society which is managed by a supercomputer After JT and the other kids arrive the computer begins experiencing glitches Because JT has been identified as a softwire someone who can communicate with computers without an implant many want to blame him for the glitchesThe kids all find that they have landed in a complex political situation There are traders who manage businesses and Keeper who monitor travel create the rules for Orbis and grant citizenship It is supposed to be a balanced system but someone is trying to tip. A human boy with an uncanny link to computers finds danger and discovery on the rings of Orbis in this riveting sci fi adventureThirteenear old Johnny Turnbull has always known there was something different about him even before he and two hundred other kids landed on the first ring of. ,