February 14, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
Bluescreen by Dan Wells
Book one in Mirador series
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Publication Date: February 16th, 2016
Source: eArc from the Publisher
Rating: 4 hearts
Synopsis (from goodreads)
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 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.
The synopsis tells a lot about the story so I won’t say it again. This story takes place in the future, where everyone has an implant in the head. Everything and everyone is connected, pop up of publicities are opening in your eyes, you are never alone in your head, you can talk to your friends all the time. The video games are insane, if you’re a hacker you can do what you want. One problem is that people are not needed for low jobs, there are robots who are doing the tasks nobody wants.
Marisa is a hacker, she doesn’t go to school, she’s playing in a minor games league with her team, and she likes to go dancing. She’s living with her parents, her brother and two sisters in Mirador. Sahara, Anja and Bao are her best friends, she will do everything to protect the people she loves and when Anja begins to take Bluescreen Marisa and Sahara wants to find who sells to her and why. I like Marisa, she’s very smart, and she’s also selfish and doesn’t think about her sisters, who are taking for an example.
Sahara is also a character I like, I couldn’t be like her because she always had two cameras with her, which are filming everything in her life. She’s also very smart. Anja is a great girl, she’s rich and she thinks she can do everything and be protected. Too bad for her, it’s not the case. I like every one of her reactions. Bao is important in the story or at least in the end and probably in the next book, he’s a good guy and I think he has a crush on Marisa, but it’s only my opinion.
There is also Omar, who is Anja’s boyfriend and Saif who is her dealer. I can’t say I like them, they have their own motives.
I like the story; I had a little hard time to enter in the book, mostly due to the technical language, and the Mexican too. But once I was in, I like it. There is no romance; I like the friendship between the characters and the story.
A thing that I did not like it is that I did not really manage to become attached to the characters. But I will definitely read the second book because the story is fascinating and I want to know who is behind all which arrives.
This book allowed me to ask me questions about the future, what would happen if actually an implant was put in our body. And what will happen if a hacker takes control of all the humans’ body.
Dan Wells has created a good weft for his story, now remains to see where he is going to take his various characters and what is going to happen to them. Hopefully in the next book, I will became attached to at least one of them.
I recommend this book to all the people who want to read a book about what will happens if technology invade our life and our body.
About the author
Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins), the John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don’t Want To Kill You), and a few others (The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc). He was a Campbell nomine for best new writer, and has won a Hugo award for his work on the podcast Writing Excuses; the podcast is also a multiple winner of the Parsec Award.