For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire worlds from scratch: Mars craters, shimmering lakes, any virtual experience her heart desires.
But she can’t code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget.
Until now. Because WAVE, the world’s biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets to meet its billionaire founder. The same billionaire who worked closely with Opal’s dad. The one she always believed might know where he went. The one who maybe even murdered him.
What begins as a small data hack to win the contest spirals out of control when Opal goes viral, digging her deeper into a hole of lies, hacks, and manipulation. How far will Opal go for the answers–or is it the attention–she’s wanted for years?
with Arvin Ahmadi
1. GIRL GONE VIRAL, as a futuristic sci-fi, is different from your contemporary debut,DOWN AND ACROSS (which you can also check out here!). What is it like switching gears in terms of genre?
2. What are your favorite kinds of scenes to write? Can you hint at your favorite scene in GIRL GONE VIRAL?
campus. They miss each other. So they use a popular virtual reality app to keep in… touch. (I am so sorry for that pun, and if you want to stop reading here, I completely understand.)
3. GIRL GONE VIRAL’s got futuristic tech, badass coder girls, virtual reality like, of course, WAVE. How do you visualize all this crazy tech? What inspires you to make it look the way it does, and have you ever tried VR rides or other VR experiences?
4. Tell us a little about your writing process for GIRL GONE VIRAL – or if it differed at all from DOWN AND ACROSS. Are you more of a plotter or a pantser? Did you have a particular playlist/song on repeat while drafting this book? [that’s a lot of questions, but I’m just endlessly fascinated with the behind-the-scenes!]
5. TELL US ABOUT YOUR PENGUIN HQ HEISTS, ARVIN. THE PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW.
Arvin Ahmadi grew up outside Washington, DC. He graduated from Columbia University and has worked in the tech industry. When he’s not reading or writing books, he can be found watching late-night talk show interviews and editing Wikipedia pages. Down and Across is his first novel, followed by Girl Gone Viral.
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