The Uncontrolled:
Hiding Can’t Save You From Robotic Smiles
by Zachary Astrowsky
Genre: YA Cyberpunk SciFi
Tracking Devices, Mind Control, and Visions of the Future
An action-packed adventure set against the loss of free will that comes from a mind control serum.
The robotic way people smile is John’s first inclination that things are not quite as they seem in Amber City.
At the age of fourteen, everyone is “vaccinated” with a biological implant that makes people controllable. John is supposed to get his shot the very next day, until he and his parents find out about the mind-controlling chip requiring his family to devise a plan to put a stop to this once and for all, but things don’t go exactly as planned.
Along with his friend Chase, and an irrepressible girl named Hazel, the three of them find themselves in the world of the controlled, where they must try to escape the notice of this powerful society and its leader, Crofar. As the trio of teenagers attempt to defeat Crofar on their own, they stumble upon the Renegades, a formidable group of “the uncontrolled,” led by Maximus.
Warily forming an alliance with the teenagers, the numbers are not in their favor, and the uncontrolled are barely holding their own. Until that is, they realize they have a secret weapon. John starts to have regular visions of the future, which can change in interesting ways when certain variables are adjusted.
While John has visions they can use to win the war against Crofar, things become complicated because Crofar has visions too. With two adversaries who can see the future, only one can outsmart the other.
The Uncontrolled is an adventurous, sci-fi book written by award-winning teen author Zachary Astrowsky.
TCK Publishing Readers Choice Awards Winner 2018, MG/YA Category
Purple Dragonfly Book Award Winner, Honorable Mention, June 2018
Royal Dragonfly Book Award 2nd Place Winner, November 2018
Story Monsters Approved
When I went to refill my cup, I heard a noise. At first I thought that my stomach made the noise, but I wasn’t hungry at all. So, I put the glass of water back into the fridge and stood there in the dark, just listening. Maybe this is just my imagination, I thought, trying to steady my nerves. But then I heard the noise again. It was the sound of rustling in the bushes outside, which fit the terrifying sight of two dark images standing in the yard.

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It all began on a trip to NYC when I was five. I couldn’t read yet, but I wanted to understand every sign and billboard I saw. I began putting letters together and for my birthday a few months later, I was requesting the fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Reading allowed my mind to explore and create stories, and as a young child I began filling them with colorful characters and sharing them with anyone and everyone who would listen. Since then, I’ve progressed quite a bit to formulating longer and more complex stories and eventually completing my first novel, The Uncontrolled.

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