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  • Published: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143773856
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

Hello Strange




An entertaining young-adult novel, starring a humanoid!

A vivid, fast-paced novel about artificial emotional intelligence.

Since the death of their mother, Hunter, Milly and Coel have come unstuck. Their father isn't coping either, even though he’s the successful head of BIOlogic and is developing a humanoid to enhance human lives.

He brings home Josie, the latest prototype, hoping she might restore the family’s happiness. But Josie took a blast during an epic electrical storm and her system is unstable.

Meanwhile, Professor Bishop and his mysterious student Gwin Tang have their own ominous plans for Josie . . .

  • Published: 31 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143773856
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Pamela Morrow

In spite of ambitions to be a Music Composer/Quantum physicist/Geneticist/Knower of Everything Knowable, Pamela Morrow (Ngati Pu) is a part-time Visual Effects Artist and part-time writer. She began tertiary education in New Zealand in the eighties, starting a degree in Horticultural Science at Massey University, but ended up with a BA in Music and Media Studies from La Trobe University and a Masters in Film, TV and Media Studies from the University of Auckland, where she also took a scriptwriting paper. Hello Strange is her first publication.

Praise for Hello Strange

It's an insightful look into human behaviours and emotions through a non-human observer, essentially a lovely but dangerous romance with an insidious subplot full of future tech, action sequences and cinematic passages of so much depth and description it's bound to appeal to kids of about 14 and up . . . I thought it was absolutely fantastic.

Louise Ward, Radio NZ

Hello Strange is aptly named. I did find it strange, but also clever and intriguing and I was left with an eerie feeling of what might be to come? The inner design of the book is also unique . . . Interesting…

whatbooknext.com

Great read for the young adult in us all! 5 Stars

Danielle, Goodreads

A pacy page turner.

NZ Herald

A page turning futuristic thriller from Pamela Morrow. Interesting, complex characters; fast-moving plot and convincing world building makes 'Hello Strange' a gripping read. Recommended for Intermediate age kids and upwards (especially if you enjoy sci fi).

Maria Gill, kidsbooksnz

Josie herself is a fantastic character. She has an early understanding of choice and irony, and the first real decision she makes is to ignore her programming in favour of exploration. Hello Strange doesn’t really get into the mechanics of this choice—its focus is always on emotional rather than artificial intelligence, and the question of why is reserved for questions like lying and love. This skews into the importance of interaction with others, which introduces a very real sense of humour into the narrative that’s enormously appealing. . . . There’s a decision tree and everything. It’s hilarious. In fact, the whole book is filled with diagrams and small illustrations, page backdrops and wildly varying fonts. There’s something very frenetic about it, and all credit to the book designer because the effect is excellent.

Octavia Cade, Strange Horizons

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Hello Strange Book Trailer

From local debut author, Pamela Morrow, comes this black mirror-esque tale of a not-too-distant future in which artificial emotional intelligence is a reality. Since the death of their mother, Hunter, Milly and Coel have unravelled. When their father brings home a prototype humanoid, Josie, it starts to look like she might be able to restore the family’s happiness. But unbeknownst to the family, she took a blast during an epic electrical storm and her system is unstable. . . Perfect for: Readers 13+ Start reading now! https://bit.ly/3atWeYQ

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Hello Strange launch speech from Harriet Allan

Harriet Allan, our Fiction Publisher, shares the speech she would have given at the launch event for Hello Strange by Pamela Morrow.

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