Year 2110 in economically stratified Bayport City, sixteen year old Joe Warner’s neighborhood is swarming with parasitic Bursting Wasps. Once infected, each victim falls into a coma and has three months before the wasps tunnel out through their skin and kill them. When Joe’s dad is stricken, the family struggles to raise $20,000 for the cure, a dose of Raloxone. Joe sees only one way to make that kind of money: by winning the citywide neurobotics competition. Desperate to beat his well-funded and oppressive rivals, Joe tricks Sarita Garland, a wealthy but traumatized girl, into loaning her hypnotic pet Puddle to him. He forces Puddle to serve as the brain in his fighting neurobot and he knows he will never return him because all fighting neurobots are destroyed after the competition for safety. As the battles rage, Joe agonizes knowing that he holds Sarita’s wellbeing in his hands and that winning the prize money requires betraying her trust.
This sci-fi suspense novel for teenagers and young adults is COMING SOON.