Critically acclaimed debut: Down and Across garnered overwhelming accolades, including multiple starred reviews, praise from major media like USA Today, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly, and love from authors as varied as Khaled Hosseini and Adam Silvera. With its more commercial story, Girl Gone Viral is the perfect opportunity to take Arvin’s career to the next level.
Grounded science fiction: With his experience working in the tech industry, Arvin brings depth and nuance to the issues his tech-obsessed protagonists face. And the angst of competitive, high-achieving teens, so authentically captured in Down and Across, is similarly present at Opal’s prestigious Palo Alto Academy of Science and Technology.
Completely convincing future world: Much like Her or Black Mirror, Girl Gone Viral creates a near-future world that seems like it could actually happen. There are no silver jumpsuits or dystopian regimes; rather, it’s a believable extension of where technology could take us in our living memory. (In fact, [an older] Jimmy Fallon is still on late night in the book!)
High-stakes mystery: Opal’s relentless search for answers about her father’s disappearance brings her into the depths of a megalithic corporation with hints of Dave Eggers’s The Circle…or where our own tech giants could be a couple decades from now.
All-too-timely subject: When Opal is thrust, Mark Zuckerberg-like, into the spotlight, she finds herself in the middle of a national debate about data, privacy, and the frightening implications of our information getting into the wrong hands.
Dream author: Arvin is everything we dream of in an author: gracious, professional, great at public speaking, hardworking, cooperative, and an effortless connector!
Praise for Girl Gone Viral!
“Tense, twisty, and oh-so-timely, Girl Gone Viral is the perfect thriller for the virtual reality era. Don’t start this book unless you can finish in one sitting. I loved it!”—Brendan Reichs, New York Times bestselling author of Nemesis
“In Opal’s story, Arvin Ahmadi has crafted a timely and gripping sci-fi tale, grounded in the technology that links us, and what finding ourselves within it can cost.”—Alex London, bestselling author of Proxy and Black Wings Beating
“Compulsively readable…Ahmadi raises thought-provoking questions about the role and influence of social media in our lives…. Smart, timely and riveting.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Constantly engaging.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A fast-paced Black Mirror episode with an endearing teenage protagonist.”—Marie Claire Magazine
Readers loved Arvin’s debut, Down and Across!
“A lively first novel…This humorous, deeply human coming-of-age story will connect with teens.”—The Washington Post
“John Green fans will appreciate this tale…[Ahmadi] successfully fashions a universal story of discovering one’s true self through the honest eyes of another.”—USA Today
“Quirky and charming, wise and unpredictable.”—Khaled Hosseini, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner
* “Witty, smart, and inspiring, the novel celebrates life’s big and little surprises and the connections made between people that lead to profound changes.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
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