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Sleep State Interrupt

The BetterWorld Trilogy, Book 1

by T. C. Weber

Sleep State Interrupt - T.C. Weber
Part of the The BetterWorld Trilogy series:
Editions:Paperback: $ 16.95
ISBN: 9781937276829
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 318
Kindle: $ 2.99
ePub: $ 2.99
ISBN: 9781937276829

In Sleep State Interrupt, a giant media corporation has taken over the Internet, created an addictive virtual reality called BetterWorld, and controls nearly all information. Politicians do their bidding and a brainwashed humanity serves a privileged few. Waylee Freid, an unemployed Baltimore journalist with ever-worsening bipolar disorder, is the only hope for a brighter future. She and her countercultural friends bust a notorious teenage hacker out of jail and sneak into a closed presidential fundraiser at the Smithsonian castle, where they hope to record incriminating admissions that will wake up the world. Hunted by Homeland Security, Waylee and her friends must reach a sufficient audience by broadcasting their video during the Super Bowl. But to do so, they'll have to break into one of the most secure facilities ever built.

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Reviews:Literary Titan wrote:

"The premise of this story is like Mission Impossible meets the Avengers, but smarter in its portrayal of a dystopian world. Waylee's character was a masterpiece."

Cyberpunk Matrix wrote:

"With a steady pacing, good writing, a varied cast and an interesting storyline, T.C. Weber's Sleep State Interrupt is a cyberpunk novel that you won't want to miss. It's a brilliant futuristic hacker story and a fun thriller."

Zeke Teflon, author wrote:

"Exceptionally well written, Sleep State Interrupt is a gritty, darkly humorous techno-thriller with flawed, believable characters, a taut, compelling plot, and a lot to say about the present-day USA. Highly recommended."

T. Eric Bakutis, author wrote:

"Sleep State Interrupt is near-future cyberpunk done right, featuring a diverse cast in a disturbingly plausible future. In a world where corporate, political, and media interests are aligned, a few courageous hackers risk their lives to change the broken system."

John DeDakis, former White House correspondent wrote:

"Journalism is changing at warp speed. In Sleep State Interrupt, T. C. Weber gives us a glimpse into what covering politics might be like in the future. But as you'll see, even as technology changes, human nature doesn't. And that makes for a thoroughly enticing tale."

Carolivia Herron, host of Epic City on WOWD-LP 94.3 FM wrote:

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sleep State Interrupt. A fast paced tale ... with a moral perspective. The digital game addict, Kiyoko, is a fictional masterpiece."

Sherri Woosley, author wrote:

"In Sleep State Interrupt, Waylee and her radical friends must run, hack, and cosplay to fight a terrifying concentration of power and cronyism. Readers will hold tight through Waylee's roller coaster states and cheer her on."

About the Author

T. C. Weber has pursued writing since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with physics and ecology. His first published novel was a near-future cyberpunk thriller titled Sleep State Interrupt (See Sharp Press). The first book of a trilogy, it was a finalist for the 2017 Compton Crook award for best first speculative fiction novel. The sequels, The Wrath of Leviathan and Zero-Day Rising, are also out. These were followed by Born in Salt, a character-oriented alternate history novel that pits an Illinois farm boy against a ruthless fascist government. Published in 2022, The Survivors (Solstice Publishing), is a post-apocalyptic cli-fi horror novella in which a young mother is forced on the road and struggles to survive a living nightmare. His latest book (also 2022), The Council, is a satire of local government. More works are on the way.

Mr. Weber is a member of Poets & Writers, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association, the Horror Writers Association, and the Maryland Writers Association, and has run numerous writing workshops. By day, Mr. Weber works as an ecologist, and has had numerous scientific papers and book chapters published. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Karen. He enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents.

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