When Jordan Bishop set himself on fire at Haver High school as a result of internet bullying, it triggered a nationwide crackdown. New laws empower teachers to become cyber snoops in case of abuse on social media. For teen hacker, Eli Bennett, the laws put fundamental freedoms at risk. And he’s not alone in thinking this.
Approached by two mysterious hackers, Eli is recruited into a group that wants justice for Jordan the way Jordan would’ve wanted it. But what starts as a bit of fun to rile the cyber snoops soon spirals out of control. Revenge on Jordan’s bullies could be classed as bullying itself … At best, Eli’s school career is in jeopardy, at worst, once more lives are at risk.
This book is suitable for young adults over 14 years old.
Life at Eli’s high school hasn’t been the same since his classmate Jordan committed suicide after being tirelessly bullied. Schools now have access to students’ online activities and students have less privacy than ever. Eli just wants to graduate – so he can get out of town, get away from his father’s embarrassingly young fiancée, and get himself a prestigious coding job. But Eli’s hacking skills get him roped into a vigilante website that – while subverting the school’s cybersnoops – seeks justice for Jordan and everyone else being bullied. Suddenly Eli finds himself in way over his head as his keystrokes start to have devastating consequences in the real world.
This timely story from author Erin Jade Lange is a thrilling tale about the power of the internet, the young people who wield it, and the fine lines between bully and victim, justice and vengeance.
Erin Jade Lange is the author of The Chaos of Now, Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah, Dead Ends and Butter, an ABA New Voices selection. As a former journalist, she is inspired by current events and real-world issues and uses her writing to explore how those issues Impact teenagers. Erin lives in Phoenix, Arizona.