Something is rotten in the state of the NutriStart Skills Academy.
With the discovery of a human skull on the fringes of the school, children displaying symptoms of a bloody, unfamiliar contagion, and a catastrophic malfunction in the site’s security system, the NSA is about to experience a week that no amount of rebranding can conceal. As the academy descends into chaos, teacher Tom Rosen goes looking for answers – but when the real, the unreal and the surreal are indistinguishable, the truth can be difficult to recognise.
One pupil, Gabriel Bäcker, may hold the key to saving the school from destroying itself and its students, except he has already been expelled. Not only that – he has disappeared down the rabbit-hole of “Alpha Omega” – the world’s largest VR role-playing game, filled with violent delights and unbridled debauchery.
But as the game quickly sours, Gabriel will need to confront the real world he’s been so desperate to avoid if he ever wants to escape…
Alpha Omega is compelling and timely speculative fiction, exploring our current anxieties about social media, mental health and the impact of digital technology on the younger generation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicholas Bowling is an author, musician, stand-up comic and Latin teacher from London. He graduated from Oxford University in 2007 with a BA in Classics and English, and again in 2010 with a Masters in Greek and Latin Language and Literature, before moving into teaching.
His critically acclaimed debut WITCHBORN was published in 2017 by Chicken House, and was followed in 2019 by IN THE SHADOW OF HEROES, which was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award. Nicholas has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has recorded two albums and two EPs with Me For Queen.
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