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YA Sci Fi Novel Review: Bluescreen by Dan Wells

Bluescreen by Dan Wells (Mirador #1)

Egalley thanks to Balzer & Bray

Synopsis from Goodreads
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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Wow! What a wild ride, peeps! This book totally kicked ass.

While the beginning is a bit clunky, as we are chucked right into a deep end with the world-building and it's up to us to sink or swim, by about 15% into the book you end up totally engrossed in Bluescreen.

Marissa, Anja, Sahara, Fang and Jaya are Cherry Dogs, a semi-pro team of players in an online game of Overworld trying to go professional. Mari is a part of big Mexican family living in one of the poorer areas of LA, Mirador with its own gangs and politics, but she is also street savvy and tough. The gal has her own mechanical arm, for God's sake! *grinning*

Sahara deals with the publicity for the team and lives in the same area, she is also gorgeous and always followed by her own nulis (little flying cameras) that record everything she does. 

These two frequently party with Anja, a rich girl whose father owns a company producing djinnis - computer system wich plugs in directly into your brain which is how majority of people in the world function these days. Yes, it made me think of Matrix!

Fang and Jaya live in China and India which is why we only get assistance from them remotely, but because everything is connected through djinnis it is like they are here next to the rest of the team anyway.

At one of the parties Anja takes a new drug, Bluescreen, which affects your djinni directly, and does something very strange under its influence. Mari, concerned for her friend, uses her formidable hacking skills to find out what Bluescreen consists of, and discovers something sinister which puts her and her friends into direct danger.

Enter, assassination attempts from strangers, forays into darknet, gang wars, going offline.. and all of it in a complete roller coaster of the events. Cherry Dogs and their friends are formidable together, and I absolutely loved their hectic mishmash of skills, fighting and living by their own motto "play crazy". Totally recommended to all the fans of futuristic books and movies, and especially Hackers. I loved it!

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Классная, сумасшедшая книга, ребята! Мне очень понравилось.

Начало читается тяжело, так как нас без объяснений забрасывают в гущу событий, от которых читатель теряется. Такое впечатление, что уже пропустили с пол книги. Однако к 15% на моём киндле меня уже жутко затянуло в сюжет, и откладывать книгу совсем не хотелось.

Мариса, Сахара, Анья, Фанг и Жайя состоят в команде полупрофи игроков в онлайн игре "Оверворлд", которые пытаются выбраться в лигу профессионалов. Мариса живёт со своей большой мексиканской семьёй в баррио Мирадор, одном из бедных районов Лос-Анджелеса, где всем рулят большие банды. Сахара - там же. Она ответственна за раскрутку команды в сети и никуда не выходит без своих нули (маленьких летающих камер), протоколирующих каждый её шаг. Мариса - талантливый хакер, знает как постоять за себя на улицах, и вообще крутая девчонка с механической рукой.

Анья - богатая девчонка, живущая в одном из обеспеченных районов Лос-Анджелеса, отец которой владеет одной из корпораций, создающих джинни - компьтерных систем, подключающихся прямо в мозг владельцев. Да-да, мне это тоже напомнило Матрицу. В будущем этого футуристического мира, большая часть населения использует джинни и постоянно подключена к сети.

Так вот, в один день, Мари и Сахара приходят на вечеринку к Анье, и та пробует новый наркотик Блюскрин, который реагирует непосредственно с джинни и заставляет её вести себя очень странно. Испуганная поведением подруги, Мари начинает копаться в содержании наркотика и раскрывает отёмный секрет, который подвергает её жизнь опасности.

Внезапно сюжет взрывается; на Мари нападают совершенные незнакомцы, она вынуждена выйти в даркнет, в Мирадоре начинаются бандитские войны, и а наконец ей приходится выйти в оффлайн. Книга напичкана экшн, и мне жутко понравилась команда Мари с их мотто "Играй как сумасшедший". Очень рекомендую фанатам Хакеров, компьютерных игр и футуристических миров.
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