Mrs. Acerbo explains her reason for writing the novel: “After reading “The Pedestrian” by Ray Bradbury with my Science Fiction class, I began to think about the consequences of technology in our lives. I love science fiction and hoped Remote, a 70,000 word, futuristic novel, will open a discussion on the topic. Written with a strong female protagonist, I wanted to appeal to fans of the Legend, Hunger Games, and Divergent series.”
Remote is geared for young adult and college-aged audiences. Yara lives as an undergrounder and specializes in nighttime raids against the New State, where people are often more machine than human. Then she meets Joshua, a New State citizen, who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations.
As they become closer, Yara realizes how insidious the hold of New State is on the citizens and how few freedoms they have, all replaced by technological illusions. With the help of her father, an underground leader, Yara and Josh join in the rebellion and the plan to take down New State, but nothing goes as expected. The challenges Yara faces throughout the book test her loyalties and ultimately challenge her understanding of humanity.
Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.
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