First of all the book looked fairly new so I don't think it was more than a few years old at the time and I'm 80% certain I picked it up in the young adult section at my public library. The story featured a boy whose parents were killed by space pirates and he was kidnapped by the pirate, who was pretty nasty, he eventually escaped and was taken to a planet of aliens that are at war with humans. They train him to be a spy and, I think, a hacker. I think I remember some sort of contact lens type device he uses to access computer terminals. I remember that he is a bit conflicted on whether he should help the aliens, who rescued him, or defect to the humans.

I don't remember how the book ends and believe me I know how vague this is...but I figured I might as well give it a shot. I would really like to re-read and finally finish the book. Thanks in advance!

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    That's actually not vague at all. I wish all "identify this" posts had as much info. Hopefully someone will recognize it. Mar 19, 2014 at 17:18
  • I'm positive that I've seen this book discussed before here: reddit.com/r/printsf. You might post this same question there.
    – Jon Ownbey
    Jun 11, 2014 at 17:17

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Warchild by Karin Lowachee

When Jos' parents are killed in an attack on their trading ship, the boy is kidnapped by his attackers and then escapes - only to fall into the alien hands of humanity's greatest enemies. As he grows into a young man, Jos is brainwashed into becoming a spy against the human race. At every step, his choices are made for him - until the climatic moment when he takes his life into his own hands.

  1. Warchild (2002)

  2. Burndive (2003)

  3. Cagebird (2005)


  • I could picture the covers, but couldn't remember the titles, this is what I think it is. Aug 8, 2014 at 14:25
  • This is it! Oh my god, you are my hero! Sep 15, 2014 at 8:16

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