Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, Grandma's House) reads the gripping and often darkly comic debut novel from critically acclaimed playwright Justin Greene.
In her leafy English suburb, teenage Hallie Cruyps plays the life simulation computer game Cyberbia. Neither her parents nor her psychiatrist attempt to stop her. After everything she's been through, who could deny her the peace it brings? The game allows Hallie to escape her world, where terrible things can happen and no-one seems able to make them right again, for this brave new virtual one of Cyberbia.
In Cyberbia nothing truly awful comes to pass, and you are always in control. Just make sure your Norms, as its inhabitants are called, collect the required points, and all will be well with them.
Meanwhile on the other side of the globe, the best-selling games' celebrated creator, Yoshi Mashita, is receiving reports that can only mean one thing: Cyberbia has taken on a sinister life of its own.