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Incognito by Katie Delahanty [Book Excerpt + Blog Tour]

Good morning Beauties!

Im so excited today to be included in the blog tour for Katie Delahanty’s new book Incognito!

~About the Book~

Title: Incognito

Author: Katie Delahanty

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2021

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Purchase Links: Amazon / Barnes & Nobles / Apple Books / Kobo

Synopsis: In the virtual utopia of the Simulation, everyone will live peacefully and without fear or needs—at least that’s how they’re selling it. But the government plans to use this program to take control of the entire human race. Elisha Dewitt has just been given her first mission to help prevent this, and she’s ready to prove she can go incognito just as well as any other master thief.

Breaking and entering? No sweat. She’s done worse. Stealing a cassette tape from the museum vaults will be easy—in, out, done—until he shows up…and everything gets way more complicated. Garrett Alexander just has that effect.

Nothing is as it seems, and a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse begins with Garrett, her rival and match in every way. Not knowing who she can trust, Elisha decides it’s up to her to rescue everyone—even Garrett—before the world as she knows it comes to a brutal end. In the virtual utopia of the Simulation, everyone will live peacefully and without fear or needs—at least that’s how they’re selling it. But the government plans to use this program to take control of the entire human race. Elisha Dewitt has just been given her first mission to help prevent this, and she’s ready to prove she can go incognito just as well as any other master thief.

Breaking and entering? No sweat. She’s done worse. Stealing a cassette tape from the museum vaults will be easy—in, out, done—until he shows up…and everything gets way more complicated. Garrett Alexander just has that effect.

Nothing is as it seems, and a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse begins with Garrett, her rival and match in every way. Not knowing who she can trust, Elisha decides it’s up to her to rescue everyone—even Garrett—before the world as she knows it comes to a brutal end.

~Book Excerpt~

I smooth the short, jagged bangs of the black wig I wear as I exit the bathroom stall, pausing in front of the mirror to adjust the hair so the choppy layers frame my face and finish at my jaw. Satisfied my straight black eyebrows are in place, and the orange bars painted above my right eye and below my left haven’t smudged, I take a deep breath.

This is only my second real-world heist, and my first alone. Part of me can’t believe I’m going through with it, and as I stare at the face reflected in the mirror—the face I’m confident looks nothing like the real me—my pulse quickens. I’ve planned every detail, rehearsed every move, and I’m certain Allard wouldn’t give me a job I couldn’t complete. I was made for this. At least so I tell myself. I’m still waiting for adrenaline to kick in, and my fingers tremble as I swipe gloss across my temporarily full lips then stretch them into a knowing smile. Willa’s smile.

As far as my date for tonight knows, my name is Willa Miniex, and I’m an art Influencer studying at Carnegie Mellon University. For the two weeks I’ve been casing the Andy Warhol Museum, I’ve fooled their facial recognition (FR) cameras into believing I’m her by wearing a black, flat top cap that was a parting gift from Professor Allard, my mentor at Keystone—the secret school where I’ve been learning to steal analog history for the last year. The hat’s visor is wired with tiny infrared LED lights that are invisible to the human eye. When they’re arranged to shine on my face correctly, they can trick FR technology into reading my features as someone else’s. But I can’t wear the hat tonight because the lights have been rearranged to make my face read as my date’s later on. And though I’ve managed to make myself look enough like the real Willa to deceive the human eye, I have no hope of tricking the artificially intelligent ones. Instead, I’m relying on Disconnect makeup to keep the cameras from placing me at all—or recognizing me as my true identity, Influencer Ella Karman.

I pucker my lips, forcing a flirtatious sparkle into my eyes, mimicking one of the real Willa’s favorite expressions from her Network feed that I’ve obsessed over.

“Hi. I’m Willa,” I say to her—my—reflection, willing her essence to shine out my pores. I’m Willa. My brain buys in, even if my heart scoffs.

Click.

I jerk my chin over my shoulder and scan the empty bathroom, holding my breath, waiting for clacking heels to signify someone is coming. But all is silent. I might be hearing things, but some deeper part of me knows I’m rightfully on edge. This night won’t go as planned.

They never do.

With a glance at my wrist screen, I note the time. 8:23. The clock starts now. I straighten my skimpy black dress, clenching my stomach muscles against the hollowness in my core. After confirming my infrared goggles, grappling hook, LED hat and scrambrella—an umbrella designed to scramble all tracking signals, rendering me virtually invisible—are safely tucked inside in my handbag, I drape the beaded strap across my body and head for the exit. My high-heeled boots echo across the cement floor and my head swims with the possibility my footsteps are loud enough to alert security to my presence.

I’m here to steal an audio cassette from one of Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules and if I get caught, it will not only mean the end of my career as a thief, but it could put me back on the grid—back in the public eye—and I’ll do anything to avoid returning to my old, apathetic Influencer life.

I pause at the bathroom door, listening, my legs quivering, ready to run. The only sound is my heart tick-tocking in my ears. Don’t think. Just go. Sometimes it takes hurling yourself into the unknown to find your place. I should know. As far as most of society is concerned, I’ve been dead for a year.

And look at me now.


Be sure to check out all the other amazing blog participating in this tour!

May 4, 2021-Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored-Review

May 4, 2021-Shelf Love-Review

May 4, 2021-Becky on Books-Spotlight

May 5, 2021-Lady Hawkeye-Excerpt stop

May 5, 2021-All the Ups and Downs-Excerpt stop

May 5, 2021-Books, Tea, Healthy Me-Review

May 5, 2021-@gracelwrites-Excerpt stop

May 6, 2021-Living in a Bookworld-Spotlight

May 6, 2021-Booknerds Across America-Guest Post

May 6, 2021-Beauty & Her Books-Excerpt stop

May 6, 2021-More Books Please blog-Guest Post

May 7, 2021-Sincerely Karen Jo-Spotlight

May 7, 2021-Em & M Books-Excerpt stop

May 7, 2021-Book-Keeping-Review

May 7, 2021-Chapter by Chapter-Interview

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