The Girl Who Reset the Cyber World

Fiction - Science Fiction
242 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Girl Who Reset the Cyber World is penned by author Cliff Ratza in the science fiction, action, and adventure subgenres. It continues with a new adventure where The Girl Who Reset the Lightning Brain left off. The work is suitable for teen and adult readers alike. Set in December 2170, the narrative revolves around Electra, whose significant contributions to NASA's successful Mars mission led to her involvement in numerous additional projects, including tackling the pressing issue of climate change. Despite her remarkable intellect, Electra grapples with stress-related health issues while navigating dangerous situations across the globe. As events unfold, Electra's clone children face their own challenges, adding further pressure.

Author Cliff Ratza has crafted another highly engaging and action-packed novel in his Lighting Brain universe, and this one tackles themes of resilience, human frailty, and the psychological complexities of navigating a world fraught with peril. I was particularly impressed with the pacing of this concise novel, which packs a lot of concepts into a short space of time and rockets us through an exciting yet fully detailed storyline. Through Electra's experiences, the story underscores the importance of embracing one's humanity while striving to make a positive impact in an increasingly uncertain world, and the close narrative techniques give us a real on-her-shoulder view as Electra makes some tough personal calls. Overall, The Girl Who Reset the Cyber World is a thought-provoking read that encourages readers to reflect on the intersection of talent, resilience, and the pursuit of truth in a technologically advanced yet perilous future, and I would certainly recommend it to fans of Ratza’s other exciting works.

Manik Chaturmutha

Cliff Ratza's The Girl Who Reset the Cyberworld is a captivating, action-filled sequel that continues where the first story left off. Electra Kirchner, the protagonist, was assigned new projects by NASA due to her previous accomplishments. These projects included exploring the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, searching for new life in Africa's Danakil Depression, the hottest spot on Earth, and traveling to mid-America to track storms. As a result, the narrative takes readers on a journey of dangerous expeditions and reflective challenges, striking a balance between Electra's international duties and her personal struggles. This balance allows readers to establish an emotional connection with her. The author also includes additional storylines that focus on Electra's personal life and mental battles, which she keeps hidden from the public eye. The book delves into themes of resilience and self-discovery as the unique experiences of the clone children add depth to the narrative, and the complexity of human development is reflected in the pursuit of new professions.

The author demonstrates a talent for narrative by skillfully fusing personal moments of self-discovery with international excursions. The plot progresses effectively, with the perfect amount of momentum and unexpected developments to keep readers engaged. Ratza expertly integrates his ideas throughout the story, creating a tale that goes beyond the typical action book. The novel's symbolic components add depth and applicability. Ratza's ability to balance suspense with emotional complexity is evident in the character narratives, the well-crafted adventures with all the subtle nuances, and the compelling literary approach. Glimpses into a plausible near-term future show the reader insights into the human condition, evoking compassion for Electra's ordeal. The plot moves at an immaculate pace, striking a balance between suspense-filled emotive narrative and imagery. The Girl Who Reset the Cyberworld is a commendable blend of emotions, adventure, and complexity of character development, compelling readers to keep turning pages in anticipation of what comes next. Ratza has created a spellbinding adventure, doing complete justice to its prequel and taking readers once again into a high-tech maze of exploration.

Frank Mutuma

In The Girl Who Reset the Cyber World by Cliff Ratza, the Bigger-Bro conspiracies are still rocking the world. However, the organization has adopted a new strategy to divert the attention of the media by promoting rumors and other conspiracies, like accusing other countries of dominating underdeveloped countries. Another extremist group has also come up, and in unexpected twists of events, they kidnap the Supreme Court justices and force them to hold a trial, which ensures a repeat of elections. Kinslinger gets reelected. On other fronts, India's attempt at space fails horribly, but NASA's mission to Mars has been a great success, thanks to Electra's software, the Aphrodite. How will Electra's other projects turn out?

Just like the first book, Cliff Ratza did not disappoint in The Girl Who Reset the Cyber World. It is a mirror of what is happening in the world currently. I loved the diversity of issues explored, such as advancements in technology, rising intolerance, and people becoming more susceptible to conspiracies that lead to disregarding scientific facts. This thought-provoking work also got me thinking about our moral obligation to make sure advancements in technology are used for the good of humanity. Cliff was very effective in passing on the intended message. The characters were well-developed, and the steady-paced narration kept me intrigued and entertained. The vivid descriptions of events and places also added to the overall beauty of the book. I am looking forward to reading something else by this talented author.

Doreen Chombu

After surviving a fire and losing a loved one, Electra continues her mission to better the world with the help of her AI-powered neural network software, Indira. She still wants to protect her clone children and pursue her research on climate change, species extinction, and her mission to Mars. Thanks to her help, humans are ready to go to Mars, and plans to create a Martian colony are underway. Renee, the girl she saved from the Amazon forest, becomes her assistant, and they develop a mother-daughter relationship. Unfortunately, the NASA trips to Mars and her adventures around the globe start to take a toll on her, affecting her abilities and causing the deterioration of her mental and physical well-being. With all the political instability in Washington caused by President Kinslinger and the Bigger Brother Conspiracy, Electra cannot afford to be in bad shape right now. Join Electra as she changes the world one step at a time in The Girl Who Reset the Cyber World by Cliff Ratza.

The Girl Who Reset the Cyber World picks up where The Girl Who Reset the Lightning Brain left off, setting the stage for another captivating tale. Cliff Ratza educates readers on various scientific and social issues topics while entertaining them with an intriguing and thought-provoking story. The book contains a wealth of information blended into it, such as astrophysics, cyber technology, holistic health, and even social activities such as ballroom dancing and how to play eight-ball. It also raises awareness of space and scientific discoveries, environmental protection, and social and political dynamics. The comparison between China's and the West's economic, technological, and cultural differences and the advantages of an Indian-African alliance was interesting. Illustrations and graphs make it easy to understand the concepts presented, adding a unique touch that makes the story memorable. If you enjoy science fiction that aims to educate readers, then this is the book for you. Overall, this is great work.

Asher Syed

The Girl Who Reset the Cyber World, the sequel to The Girl Who Reset the Lightening Brain by prolific author Cliff Ratza, begins in the wake of NASA's triumphant launch of the first manned Mars mission. Electra finds herself burdened with myriad projects, leading to a concealed stress-related medical issue. In the throes of her most demanding task, combating climate change, she wades through perilous locales worldwide with the aid of Indira's androids. Meanwhile, bumps in her clone children's lives compound everything. Despite her adept solutions in averting disaster, escalating conflicts overwhelm Electra, incapacitating her and confounding her ally Renee. As she tries to control mounting adversities, unforeseen battles emerge, culminating in political turmoil, including a Presidential assassination and subsequent government upheaval, thrusting Electra into an unprecedented struggle for survival and stability.

This is not my first rodeo in the Reset series by Cliff Ratza, and having read The Girl Who Reset the Lightning Brain, I was really looking forward to The Girl Who Reset the Cyber World. Ratza did not disappoint. What I most enjoy about the Lightning Brain stories is the attention to social issues. Electra can run circles around scientific, technological, and ecological issues, and she often does, but it's the sociology that I like best. There's a scene where Ratza incorporates elements of diverse cultures, including Native American tribes, Chinese minorities, and international relations, leaning into identity, belonging, and cultural preservation in a rapidly changing world. Electra's engagements with tribal leaders Dyani Hache and Johana Maipetel provide indigenous perspectives in shaping future socio-economic developments, as does the later examination of global power dynamics and the transition between dominant world orders. Overall, this is another tightly-written, introspective, and intelligent novel and I'm here for whatever else Ratza puts out next.