Sleep State Interrupt
2017 Compton Crook Finalist for best first science fiction novel!
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.
Praise for Sleep State Interrupt:
"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."
- Zeke Teflon, author of Free Radicals
"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."
- T. Eric Bakutis, author of Supremacy's Shadow and Tales of the Five Provinces
"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."
- John DeDakis, former White House correspondent, former editor for CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," and author of the novels Fast Track, Bluff, and Troubled Water.
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sleep State Interrupt. A fast paced tale ... with a moral perspective. The digital game addict, Kiyoko, is a fictional masterpiece."
- Carolivia Herron, host of Epic City on WOWD-LP 94.3 FM and award-winning literature scholar and author
The Wrath of Leviathan
In Wrath of Leviathan, the second book of the BetterWorld trilogy, Waylee faces life in prison for daring to expose MediaCorp’s schemes to control the world. Exiled in São Paulo, her sister Kiyoko and their hacker friends continue the fight, seeking to end the conglomerate’s stranglehold on virtual reality, information, and politics. But MediaCorp and their government allies may quash the rebellion before it takes off. And unknown to Kiyoko and her friends, a team of ruthless mercenaries is after them, and is closing in fast.
The Wrath of Leviathan is available as a trade paperback and in various electronic formats:
Praise for The Wrath of Leviathan:
"With a compelling and diverse cast, great pacing, and near-future cyberpunk gunfights, T.C. Weber’s Wrath of Leviathan will keep you entertained all the way to the end."
- T. Eric Bakutis, author of Supremacy's Shadow and Tales of the Five Provinces.
"This second book in a trilogy features the same interesting characters, but with added emotional depth, thrown into a situation made more alarming as they struggle with the consequences of Sleep State Interrupt. Loyalty and betrayal must be constantly negotiated in both real time and in virtual reality. This book is smart, political, and disturbingly current."
- Sherri Cook Woosley, author of Walking Through Fire
"Continuous action... Every new chapter unveils something new about the characters and a new twist to the story."
- Literary Titan
"Solid storytelling and imagination... A fantastic setting... I had the hardest time putting it down."
- Texas Book Nook
"Entertaining and well-written... The universe is detailed and vibrant."
- Indie Express
"Captivating... Read the whole story in only a few short days."
- Novel News Network
"I loved this book! The author stayed true to the sci-fi genre, but managed to incorporate thrills, drama, and even some laughs."
- On A Reading Bender
Kiyoko resolves to free her sister and bring down President Rand and MediaCorp. However, MediaCorp unleashes its ultimate plan: direct mind control with cerebral implants. Can Kiyoko and Waylee’s team stop them? Can they penetrate MediaCorp’s networks and end the company’s grip over humanity? All while eluding the biggest manhunt in history, in a country where everyone and everything is under surveillance?
Praise for Zero-Day Rising:
"An eerily prescient conclusion to Weber's tale of a journalist and her hacker allies pitted against a media conglomerate and a corrupt, ruthless government. This future seems to be coming more true each day."
- T. Eric Bakutis, author of the cyberpunk police procedural Loose Circuit.