Leo Hunt

10-12 years
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09 August 2018
416 pages

Tech in her veins. Anarchy in her blood.

In the City, they have it all - sunlight, a corp job, a corpbloc home miles above the poisoned earth below.

Four-hundred storeys down, in the darkness of the undercity slums, lives sixteen-year-old orphan Nova.

Nova is a hacker. Aided by the program Phantom, she can sneak up to the City, leech what she needs and sink back down again, invisible as a ghost.But Nova has caught someone's eye, and that's Phantom-creator and legendary anti-corp hacker the Moth.

Now the Moth has a job for Nova.

A job that will send her miles into the sky.

To bring the City crashing down.


An explosive futuristic fantasy from the author of Thirteen Days of Midnight, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award.

An exciting speculative thriller with plenty of plot twists and some cool tech that you won't find elsewhere. Sentient AIs, a world post water wars, a courageous but reckless central character come together to offer a satisfying and pacy read.

The Bookbag

Set in a distorted future, Leo Hunt's compelling Phantom is a hi-tech dystopian thriller that slaloms effortlessly around the genre's cliches while paying tribute to its titans

The Guardian

Phantom is a well-thought out YA sci-fi thriller with strong world-building and interesting characters. There's a fascinating moral dimension to the concepts of high-end artificial intelligence that's central to the plot, but despite all the futuristic elements, Phantom remains firmly grounded in an all too believable world.

Linda Wilson, Crime Review