I received this book for free from Balzer & Bray, HarperCollins International in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Bluescreen by Dan Wells
Series: Mirador #1
Published by HarperCollins on February 16th 2016
Genres: Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Balzer & Bray, HarperCollins International
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“Bluescreen is a stunning deluge of imagination, filled with suspense and twists and unforgettable characters. This book is just plain awesome.”—James Dashner, bestselling author of The Maze RunnerFrom Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling 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 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, 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.
“Bluescreen” by Dan Wells was not at all what I was expecting. I was disappointed. I had very high hopes for this novel and I can admit that maybe having those high of hopes were NOT completely fair. I really liked the SCI-FI and Technology of the story. I was just extremely disappointed with how everything was executed. I felt so lost in “Bluescreen.” There was a point that I was 170 pages in and I was like “I really had no idea where this story is going.”
This novel is about a group of teens that have something called a djinni inside their heads. Now this djinni is kind of like a computer because when it goes down, it needs to reboot. This is something that gets installed into someone’s head because there is one character in the story that doesn’t have one. This djinni lets people basically be online at all times. No more computers or phones because it is all in one’s head. There was a few mentions to tablets but even then, I am not totally sure there was a lot of them. I think the biggest computer reference in the stories were servers, so basically this is the main computer. I can’t imagine having this computer inside my head.
I had a hard time getting to know the characters. They didn’t seem to be dynamic to me. The characters were more flat. Anja gets her hands on a new drug called bluescreen, which is a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni. This bluescreen drug ends up entering an extra code into ones djinni that can’t be found by security networks. Marisa is our main character and she is trying to help Anja get this code out of her head, but what Marisa learns is that there is something more going on behind the scenes. This isn’t just some regular hacking job.
Mari (Marisa) is the character that the reader gets to know the most. I just feel like I still don’t really know who she is. I got to learn information about her but I don’t really know her as my main character in the story. She doesn’t have all of these sides to her that she should have. She is very flat and nonexistent to me. I really was just expecting more out of these characters. The only reason I am interested in the second one is because of how this one ended. I want to know what will happen next.
I really liked the concept of this book. I was looking forward to learning all about the technology, but the story just didn’t do it for me. I found myself more disappointed then entertained.