From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times best-selling Partials Sequence, comes the first book in a new sci-fi noir series.
Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni - a smart device implanted right in a person's head. In a world where virtually everyone is online 24 hours a day, this connection is like oxygen - and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.
Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, but she lives on the net - going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends, Sahara and Anja. And it's Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen - a virtual drug that plugs right into a person's djinni and delivers a massive, nonchemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.
©2016 Dan Wells (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
She was absolutely brilliant! Her characterization was clear, changing her voice often subtly for each character. I was blown away by her!
I haven't read anything by Wells before, and now I'm wondering why. This book was amazing. The plot points and threads were tightly woven, without extraneous sideplots or any loose ends. The premise was clever and intriguing, and the PEOPLE! He writes thoroughly real, believable, complex characters. They were so distinct and varied in who they were, not to mention diverse, it was a joy to read about them. But I didn't feel like Wells was trying to make a point about diversity, or female protagonists, or anything. They were the people who made sense for this story, so they just were.
For a cyberpunk book, where my personal expectations revolve around being in or on the web all the time, there was actually very little in the way of "in-game" activity. Sure, the beginning was very cyberpunk, but the bulk of the story revolved more around life outside the nets. The resources these characters had was more a tool than anything. It wasn't a matter of escaping reality. It was coexisting with reality, seeing how life reacted to the cyber. I loved every moment of it! I highly recommend this book!
The story reminds me a little bit of ghost in the shell. The narrator is really good and made me feel I was there at times. This is also my first audio book and I will be listening to another book shortly. :)
loved it, well worth the "read". great story for a teenager. this story flowed and the character development had you caring what happened to each player.
I have enjoyed Dan Wells before, but he never hooked me really deeply, it felt the same here. the book had a decent premise and a fine plot, but it never really launched in my mind. this might still have been a great listen if the narrator had been good, but her depiction and voice really turned into a barrier. Roxanne Hernandez voiced several characters in a patronizing, falsely jovial tone. I thought it might be situational at first, but she carried that tone through every peril and victory. it probably wouldn't have kicked me out of the experience if the story had grabbed me, but with both feeling mediocre, I had to force myself to finish the book.
When your 'to read' pile of books has to be ignored so you can re-read Bluescreen, you know you've found a good one! This boo breaks down racial and continental barriers and shows friendship in ask is wonder. The pre-apocaliptic world created here is amazing and terrifying as personal computers become more 'personal' than most people could ever imagine, especially as our own world becomes more and more reliant on technology with every passing day. Don't miss this book. It's awesome!
I really enjoyed this book, The diversity of the characters, and the plotting. I recommend it to anyone who likes cyberpunk and sci-fi.
I really enjoyed where this book went. I don't want to spoil it but it's an enjoyable cyberpunk novel. "Nevermind" is one of the coolest things in a sci-fi book.
Narrator wasn't my favorite, it was a little like she was putting on a higher voice then she actually has. She did a good job giving each character a unique voice so you could keep track in a conversation.
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