Review: ‘Bluescreen’ by Dan Wells

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Bluescreen’ by Dan WellsBluescreen by Dan Wells
Series: Mirador #1
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 16th, 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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.

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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!


You gotta keep your options open. There’s too many things on the menu to just order the same one every time, right? And you never know what your favourite is until you’ve tried them all.
I guess I define happiness as having the right opportunities.
Achieving things makes people happy.
Why had she worried so much about what she looked like in the real world, if they were going to spend all their time in this perfected one?
I’m awesome in every version of reality.
I hate being disconnected like this; it’s like someone…chopped my brain in half.
We have no security, no privacy, we have nothing we can rely on. I want to rely on something again, because I can’t do this anymore.
If you want to add more compassion, bring more compassion.
You hack computers, I hack people. He likes me because I always show him exactly the kind of young man he wants to see.
You’re going to do what you do best, what you’ve always done your entire life: you’re going to help other people instead of yourself. It’s who you are. I think that makes you the best person I know.

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  1. Andrea

    March 6, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    I really enjoy Dan Wells’ writing, but I haven’t heard of this one before. It sounds thrilling and a bit creepy. Thanks for the review!

    • giselle

      March 6, 2016 at 9:33 PM

      Me too! I like his writing. It was super creepy, I can’t stop thinking about it

  2. Sophia Rose

    March 5, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    I forgot he wrote this new one. I still need to finish his older series. That is scary about the chip in the brain.
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    • giselle

      March 6, 2016 at 9:32 PM

      YEAHH I still have to finish the PARTIALS series too

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