The Last Firewall by William Hertling

The Last Firewall

By William Hertling

  • Release Date: 2013-08-08
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 47 Ratings
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In the year 2035, robots, artificial intelligences, and neural implants have become commonplace. The Institute for Ethics keeps the peace, using social reputation to ensure that robots and humans don't harm society or each other. But a powerful AI named Adam has found a way around the restrictions.

Catherine Matthews, nineteen years old, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. Yanked out of her perfectly ordinary life, Catherine becomes the last firewall standing between Adam and his quest for world domination. 


“Awesome near-term science fiction.” – Brad Feld, Foundry Group managing director

“An insightful and adrenaline-inducing tale of what humanity could become and the machines we could spawn.” – Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger

“A fun read and tantalizing study of the future of technology: both inviting and alarming.” – Harper Reed, former CTO of Obama for America, Threadless

"A fascinating and prescient take on what the world will look like once computers become smarter than people. Highly recommended." – Mat Ellis, Founder & CEO Cloudability

“A phenomenal ride through a post-scarcity world where humans are caught between rogue AIs. If you like having your mind blown, read this book!” – Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win


  • Great read

    By BBC news user
    A great read
  • Refreshingly Original

    By Stevencrane
    Sci-fi fans will love this innovative tale of a futurist world. Here humans have a minimal role, as robots work & artificial intelligence manages the planet. An enthralling read!
  • Brilliant series

    By Jeremy Quinn
    My only regret is that I have finished. A brilliant series. Each book is quite different, each extremely enjoyable in their own right, linked via common characters who are easy to care about, the series builds to a fantastic finale. Please write more.