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Hacker School Trilogy ( Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

Allan R. Wallace
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Book Description

Ascent To Hacker School:

After chaos;
something promising.

The addition of Jake and David's stories completes this Hacker School trilogy - a requested prelude to the trilogy. The coming apocalypse can lead to a better future. Maybe.

In a dystopian world, who will decide the future of mankind?
  1. After the Great Chaos, Jake's tribe decides it's time to expand from their hidden valley and once more deal with other societies.
  2. David's tribe is trying to gather technology and reconstruct some of the technical marvels that once existed. They are violently opposed by anti-scavengers that wait for promised help from now vanished bureaucracies.
  3. Charlene is mostly healed from her many battles. She's surprised by what may be a way to survive. Does this technocrat really offer a small chance of escape? Maybe human rights hacktivism is in her future. Probably not. Is it foolish to trust someone just because he remembers how to laugh?

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Books Are Like Laws

Even when ethically handled: They are written by people with political views they consider normal. They are taught to others by teachers possessing an intrinsic political slant. They are perceived by readers according to individual interpretations.

Because they contradict each other in writing, teaching, perception of intent, and application they can be honestly selected to support any world view. Know this of everyone. What we read is not what was written; it's what our trained mind is selecting.

Books and laws reinforce bias and prejudice -- confirming what we believe and do; no matter how ridiculous.

Unless you make an effort to understand: the rules you were taught are not the real world -- neither are the words I write.

From the Inside Flap

Since we won't change, what will follow dystopia?

The future can belong to free people and their self-selected communities. Thanks to technological advances in communication these communities may not be limited by location, race, gender, or other antiquated borders.

We could accommodate this diversity today without resorting to promotion or censure; we really could. Yet you and I know that the crumbling bureaucracies and institutions surrounding us don't have leaders with the will power to make unpopular choices -- they are too busy breaking into the vault as our cities prepare to burn.

But we also know that the history of humankind is a chronicle of advances, tempered by periods of monumental setbacks. We will rise again from the ashes of our hubris, and soar once again toward the heavens.

This book sets up the trilogy, but more importantly it reveals a possible future. You can imagine and then create other futures.

Product Details

  • File Size: 196 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Allan Wallace; 2 edition (March 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TZ2MH6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,377 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Social Commentary May 14, 2011
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Hacker School is a combination of science fiction and biting social commentary, which is unsurprising given its dedication to Julian Assange of Wikileaks. Like most Sci-Fi, this story explores a couple of interesting "what if" questions: What if the sharing of innovations continues to be controlled by a small group of people? What if all our digital information becomes lost and we have no books as back-ups? What if the only way to preserve our way of life is through allowing the open exchange of information, with no secrets held back?

Unfortunately, the story line and potential to explore an interesting possible future get left behind in the author's obvious desire to get his point across: all secrets are bad. This is delivered in the form of dialogue between characters who all agree with each other, leaving little room for character or plot development, and certainly never exploring a differing point of view.

His points are interesting and thought-provoking, but could have been even better if written either in an outright treatise or hidden artfully in excellent science fiction. Unfortunately, the book was neither.

Having said that, it was a quick read, and I don't really regret the time I spent on it. I guess I'd just like to see the author develop his talent into something great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but bland. July 21, 2011
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The story is interesting, the plot however is very bland. It is not very well written and there is no contradiction within the characters. The dialogue is confusing at times, and my concentration strays. Overall, it's a fair book, can do with or without it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading May 25, 2011
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Set in the future, Hacker School is a place for young hackers to access information that has been withheld from the people for a long time. These hackers must be smart, but also able to survive in a lawless society.
While somewhat lacking in character development, I am hoping that the next books in the series fill in the gaps. I definitely want to continue reading on.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Credible & significant future June 26, 2011
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I bought this because it was free on the Kindle, but after reading it started recommending it to people all around me. It is not that well written, but what was really riveting for me was that based on my insider knowledge of the information professions and the decisions being made by current leaders in those professions, the future predicted in this short book is very similar to the worries and concerns about the future of information access that nag at me daily. The story's premise is very realistic and plausible, and that is what makes this an important read. If you read this book, consider also reading the excellent nonfiction work Transparent Society by the rich thinker and contrarian, David Brin.The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us To Choose Between Privacy And Freedom?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great book. March 5, 2013
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This book may sound good, but is simply not a good book. The idea is great, but the book is written terribly. The only reason I don't give it one star is that I love sci-fi books. Please don't waste your time on this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Will Appeal to the Right Reader December 23, 2011
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First rule of Hacker School, you can't talk about Hacker School.
There is no Hacker School for you to find. It will find you.
A bit I guess.
The Hacker Trilogy is a (super) short story, now in its second edition. It is also the prelude to the new series.
Oh! That's like a two for one combo!
* Act One
* The Haven - Jake and Jane
* Act Two
* Scavengers - David
* Act Three
* Hacker School - Charlene

It is easy to see that with only 3 acts and one section per, the book is not long at all. If you enjoy reading, you're going to be done before the night even began.

I admit, when I am reading a book by an author I have never heard of, I enjoy searching the internet for morsels of information. Having a bite or two might give a reader the inside edge to where the author is coming from with their story. No matter how many times an author tells you their work is purely fiction, there is usually an event or something personal to them that brought on the idea of a particular story line. These things can be quite helpful when trying to offer up a proper book review.

I was poking around GoodReads and Amazon when I noticed quite a few readers whining about the length of the novel. They also want to complain about the character development. I don't know any writer that can fully develop a character and plot in a few short pages. This is something readers need to be aware of before they decide to write a review of a book. This isn't a novel. Isn't meant to be. It's a short story, part of a series. There is plenty of time for development later. The point it to hook you and real you in with the hopes that you will continue on down the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely unrealistic October 4, 2011
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Note: when I downloaded this, it was only a short story. When I went back to the page to review it, I saw that it had been expanded to include a "trilogy," but I didn't really enjoy it enough to download and read the rest of it.

The idea of a post-apocalyptic future where a group of young people come together to hack into pre-collapse information may have potential, but the story was hamstrung by the author's unyielding desire to hammer his audience with a ideological point of view. Can an ideological novel be successful? Definitely. Can an ideological novel be successful if the author sacrifices components of basic storytelling to serve his ideology? Unlikely.

Char, the main character, is an eleven-year-old who never acts like an eleven-year-old. She's always the smartest person in the room - and not just the smartest, but also the best at fighting. A grown man trained in fighting tells her that he's confident that she could beat him - why, I'm just not sure. Because she fought other kids? When she finally gets to the hacking school, they - knowing very little about her - let her know that they're basically building the entire school around her. She says she doesn't trust anybody, but she's willing to lap up all the pseudo-profound insights the main school admin gives her about information and the nature of freedom. When she wants to talk about something, they suspend school for three days to give her a chance to lecture everybody and then they tell she's graduated. I really don't understand why the author didn't make her character older - maybe it becomes clear in later stories.

It's a farrago of sophomoric "insights" about the free flow of information and wish fulfillment.
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More About the Author

Allan is more of a court jester able to engage the king's mind than a troubadour that entertains yet leaves no lasting impression. Let your mind be teased.

"We are sages cosseted by knowledge of a-dying bureaucracies millennia reign
and children made wary about our a-birthing futures of individual empowerment.
This nest where we hatched is not relevant to your future flights.
Leap forth.
Spread your wings.
Start a-soaring to personal harmonies as the shifting wind sings."
Allan R. Wallace

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