"A wonderful retelling of the Pinocchio story…I simply couldn’t put this book down." Rysa Walker, bestselling author of TIMEBOUND
Strings Written by David Estes
Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free. Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world. Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco. As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer. If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences.
David Estes is the author of more than 20 science fiction and fantasy novels that have received hundreds of thousands of downloads worldwide, including The Moon Dwellers, Fire Country, Slip, Brew, and his new SciFi Pinocchio retelling, Strings. He lives in Hawaii with his inspiring Aussie wife, Adele, rambunctious son, Beau, and naughty cat, Bailey. When he's not writing, you'll likely find him at the beach swimming, snorkeling, or reading under an umbrella.Strings by David Estes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! What a brilliantly crafted story David Estes has created in Strings! Who doesn't like retellings of beloved childhood stories? This is a fascinating futuristic twist on the cherished story of Pinocchio.
Pia is sixteen and lives with her father, Gio, in a mysterious compound. Together they work on nanotech projects for the Company. This is not the normal life of a teenager, but Pia is not like any other teenager. She and her father are tethered by strings attached to the ceiling of the compound. Their lives and everything they do are controlled by the Company. Pia has very little memory of her childhood...life before the strings. She lives a very structured, meager life with only her father and Fig, her tiny robot, as her only companions until one day everything changes. Sofia and Marco are new additions to Pia's life. She is able to spend time with them along with her regular duties. This brings a little joy to her otherwise dull existence. Can Pia really trust them? Can Pia trust the Company who has kept her and her father slaves?
Pia is one headstrong young lady who has had a rough childhood. She is a loving daughter who wants a better life for her father and herself. Pia will do everything in her power to make that happen. Is it better to have no hope or to have hope snatched away? This is a well written, vividly descriptive, action-packed story that you will not want to put down.
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