Spotlight + Excerpt: Glaze by Kim Curran

Title: Glaze
Author: Kim Curran
Publisher: Jurassic London
Publication: May 2014

Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started.

Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening on GLAZE, all the time. Including things she was never meant to see.

As her life is plunged into danger, Petri is faced with a choice. Join GLAZE… or destroy it.

‘Where to now?’ I ask when I catch up with him on the next level down.

‘You go home,’ he says, grabbing hold of the banister and swinging himself down the whole flight of stairs at once.

‘That’s it? You rescue me and then disappear?’ I skid on the lino flooring of the landing and race down the stairs after him. We’re on the first floor now. Only one level to go.

‘Pretty much.’

His feet land on the marbled ground floor with a loud bang. It takes him a little longer to find his balance. I hope he’s hurt himself.

‘I don’t even know your name,’ I say, from the top of the stairs. He’s standing in front of a fire exit that leads to the street outside. The light spilling through the dappled security glass throws him into shadow.

He waits and thinks about it for a bit. ‘Ethan. It’s Ethan,’ he says finally. He stretches out his hand in greeting. I walk down three steps to meet it.

‘I’m Petri. But you already know that.’



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