What if you could close your eyes and connect with the rest of the world through daydreams?
I wish you were online.
Anjou Ishikawa is an internet-famous singer known as Papaya, whose songs resonate with everyone who listens to them. One of her fans online warn her not to perform at a show, but she refuses to listen.
That night at the show, a sentient virus steals her voice, leaving Anjou mute.
Anjou reaches out to that fan, Ronan: she has to surgically cut herself open and install icewire, an organic processor that allows her to connect to Underscore, a VR-style internet. There, she can find Orca, the sentient virus that stole her voice.
But Anjou gets trapped in Underscore, and she may not be able to disconnect and return to the real world ever again—let alone regain her voice.
Project Anjou is a young adult science fiction novel inspired by Serial Experiments Lain, Ghost in the Shell, The Matrix, and The Little Mermaid, and draws energy from all the vaporwave on the internet. The story dives into themes around loneliness, social anxiety, transhumanism, and the power of friendship love.