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It's a really good series and I've really fallen in love with all of the characters that return, but something was off in this book. Farris didn't have her natural charm and she really really irked me for some reason. In the first two books, she had such a mature personality, but in the third one she was emotionally reckless and sort of annoying. I also did not like the hacker storyline in this book as much as the others. I didn't feel connected to the crime that was happening. However, I loved the fact that she was invited to join this elite government team, but I honestly despised her relationship with Oz. Like, you are her superior. Get a life and stop flirting with Farris.
Another aspect of the novel that I did not agree with is the fact that Farris all the sudden has "borderline personality disorder" but has never shown symptoms of this very serious mental illness. Suggesting that a few emotional outbursts signifies borderline personality disorder is not accurate. If you want a clearer picture of BPD, please find your nearest DSM-5. I don't like when characters (especially teens who SHOULD NOT be diagnosed with a personality disorder at all) are labeled with disorders when in reality, they are just experiencing emotions that are appropriate given the context of the situation within the book.
I sound harsh when I re-read this review. I want to clarify that I honestly LOVE this series and I cannot wait till the next one, but I really am disappointed with this installment. It had many many good aspects to it. I think the writer knows how to explain and write about computer-related things in a very easy-to-understand way. I also think the twists and surprises are amazing in this series (and the twists continue with this installment). I just had high hopes and I was sort of let down.
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I honestly liked this very much...its kind of a cozy mystery...it had a little hacking, a little mystery, some danger and some romance...all wrapped up in a very well narrated package!! I will check out the rest of the series soon..i recommend!!