The Sphere has control of the population. To avoid it, the citizens of The Nest are hooked on a virtual environment that offers them the freedom they yearn for. Kala, a girl who rejects that way of life, is forced to enter the Other Side to look for her best friend, Beo, who has been missing for days. She isn’t prepared for what she finds there. Half-truths, ferocious battles, and environments where nothing is what it seems await her. She is in the shadow of Destiny and if she wants to save Beo, she will first have to defy The Sphere. The battle has only just begun.
Wingless, the first volume in the trilogy, is a pacey, utterly addictive novel reminiscent of the Divergent or Matrix series. It has all the requisite ingredients: a brave female protagonist, parent-children relationships, adolescent love, rebellion against unjust, indiscriminate power, adventure, new worlds, etc.
The Hunger Games saga is the most obvious influence on the novel. Like Katniss Everdeen, Kala, the protagonist of The Sphere, is a normal young girl forced to live up to her destiny as the leader of the resistance.
In The Sphere trilogy, the world has merged with a virtual game. In the near future we will spend more and more time in virtual environments. Our real world interactions will be occasional and create nostalgia and frustration. The Sphere invites us to reflect on that future.