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Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. One of those connections is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four 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, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, 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, non-chemical, 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.
Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, returns with a stunning new vision of the near future—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the world’s most rare resource and nothing, not even the thoughts in our heads, is safe.
I would have given this a 3.5 so naturally I rounded it up. The technology and the world were pretty amazing. Amazing and terrifying because this is a world where I would be scared to live in. There is no way I would want to plug in through my skull like in The Matrix. Having a chip embedded in my brain so I can have access to the Internet? No thank you! And that’s not even crossing the line, because as you read, they start to take over the person’s body making them do things they would never do. Talk about frightening! There were a lot of computer hacker talk, but it’s written in such a way that anyone would be able to decipher what they were saying. But this is the world where Marisa lives in. I loved how detailed everything was. His writing just flows from chapter to chapter. I also love how she’s Mexican and how their family dynamics are also in play with the story. Some of their dialogue was in Spanish, so I had fun Googling some of the words, so I can at least learn some of it myself.
One thing that really bothered me was that Marisa was always second guessing herself. She had all of these wonderful supportive friends and family who would do anything for her, but when it came to herself she kept underestimating. But maybe that was where her character arc finally started developing. I didn’t like any of the love interests, and I certainly didn’t trust any of them either. I thought the romance was unnecessary, maybe because I particularly didn’t like any of them. Loved that he was a person of colour as well. YAY FOR DIVERSITY! I just thought the focus on saving the world was a stronger priority than falling in love. The ending left much to be desired, but at least it had a satisfying ending, and has the potential for another book.
Overall, I had a lot of fun reading this one. It was fast-paced, informative and thrilling all at the same time. For any person who loves science fiction, give this one a try!