Patterns is an unpublished, YA science fiction novel, complete at 67,00 words, written by mathematician Anthony Bonato. The story is set in the not-too-distant future of 2030.
At sixteen, Kris discovered it: the proof of the Riemann hypothesis, the world’s deepest un-solved mathematical problem. Almost simultaneously, orbs appear from nowhere—black, floating, and alien. Located around the world, in heavily populated areas, the silent orbs flash strange mathematical patterns on their surfaces. But no one knows what they mean, and Kris is helpless as she watches her mom and millions of others vanish.
In response to the apparent alien invasion, Agent Ajinder Toor of the mysterious Four mobilizes the M-team: a group of the planet’s best mathematical minds, whose mission is to figure out both what the patterns mean and how to communicate with the orbs. As the person who cracked the impossible Riemann hypothesis, Kris is one of Toor’s must-haves. With the help of her sister Antoinette, Kris races to talk with the orbs and bring back her mom and the countless others who vanished. But not everyone wants them to succeed. With more orbs appearing and a mass exodus happening in all the major cities, Kris begins to suspect that the undertaking of the M-team may have other, more sinister motives. And the timing of the orb’s arrival is starting to seem more and more suspicious.