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Publisher's Summary

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

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not bad, but difficult narrator

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.

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Snow Crash, rebooted

As usual, Dan Wells writes gripping stuff. I recently re-listened to Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, and was struck by the similarity. Feels like a reboot to me now.

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well done

A good book with a talented narrator. Believeable and exciting plot ready for the next

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A Solid Series

I grabbed this book because I've been listening to Dan's writing advice for years and wanted to see examples of his work. It's a compelling story with a strong ensemble and an excellent protagonist. I enjoyed the world he put it in and the potential for stories within that world. I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator on this one but that might just be personal preference. I like that all of the characters are women and aren't just in men's roles. I'm impressed at how well Dan wrote compelling female characters that seem authentic. I look forward to more of this series.

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Excellent book!

Twists and turns and action and disaster l. Great story with great characters and it's a fun read. Errr, listen. Whatever.

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Run Don't Walk for Book 2

LA 2050 Where most people have a djinni, a jack and a smart device implanted in your head that does everything from open your door to make phone calls, to control your money. But Marisa likes to game with hers. But when her gamer friend gets a hold of a new drug called bluescreen, which plugs directly in to the djinni and is supposed to give the user a safe high, only they find out it corrupts the users djinni with new code and takes over the person. While trying to clean up the mess for their friend Marisa finds herself deeper in the net than any of them have ever even heard of.

If you know me than you know I am a huge sucker for any computer gamer/hacker/jacker books, so I totally went nuts when I saw this one, and a very awesome friend bought it for me (thank you thank you thank you), because this was such a awesome book. I can't say enough about it, if you like action, suspense, computer type thriller books than this is for you!

Oh and Roxanne Hernandez was so awesome narrating the audio, there truly could not have been a better narrator for this book she was so good. All the different voices for everyone and even the calm and exciting and back and forth, I don't know, she was just so great. I know there is a part two and I can't wait to get that one also. But if you think this might be your kind of book don't stand there, run and get it now you really don't want to wait.

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I will definitely be reading more by Dan Wells

What about Roxanne Hernandez’s performance did you like?

She was absolutely brilliant! Her characterization was clear, changing her voice often subtly for each character. I was blown away by her!

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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!

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Great 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. :)

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great "read"

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.

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Don't miss this one!

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!

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Fun if you can get passed the performance.

Story is fun but could do with a bit more flesh. Performance off-putting, really bad.

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  • Ben Jones
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OK... but not as good as partials

To me Dan Well's Partials trilogy was the best post apocalyptic series I have ever read. This is not Partials. I found that the vision of the LA Getto was rather depressing, and I lacked empathy with any of the characters. Basically it brought out all the negative aspects of Mexican culture and left all the good elements aside.

The performance was also a bit hit and miss... sometimes great, but then just tonally completely off (especially in the first 10 minutes).

If you haven't read partials, go read it... if you have... save your time.

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