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.
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I will definitely be reading more by Dan Wells
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!