The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ Haarsma

Softwire: OrbisThe Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 is a fantastic sci-fi book for all ages.  Excellent for reluctant readers!
Johnny Turnbull, aka JT, and his little sister Ketheria never knew their parents.  Years before they were born, their parents agreed to leave Earth to make a long trip through space to work on the far-off rings of Orbis.  After a malfunction killed all of the adults on the ship, the computer raised the embryos that the adults had brought on board.  When these children, no older than twelve, arrive on Orbis they discover that they must work off their parent’s debts by being virtual slaves for the wealthy Citizens of Orbis.  JT has a rare talent that makes him valuable and also feared: he can access computers with his mind!  He is a “softwire.”  When the central computer on Orbis malfunctions, JT is blamed.  He struggles to prove his innocence and to uncover the real reason for the computer problems.  He must save himself, his sister, and
all of Orbis, the only home they now have.

This is the first book in an exciting new series.  Author PJ Haarsma has also created an amazing online role-playing game based on the book at  The game is appropriate for all ages and includes bonus rewards if players can answer questions about the book.  Also visit for more info.

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