This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.ReWired by S.R. Johannes
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, young adult
Release Date: August 27, 2017
Publisher: Coleman & Stott
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Purchase at: Amazon
YA cyber thriller, ReWIRED, by Shelli Johannes-Wells (writing as S.R. Johannes), which offers a fresh and exciting new take on the genre, and could be described as Ally Carter’s HEIST SOCIETY meets THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO for teens.
Sixteen-year-old Ada Lovelace is never more alive and sure of herself than when she’s hacking into a “secure” network as her alter ego, the Dark Angel. In the real world, Ada is broken, reeling from her best friend Simone’s recent suicide. But online, the reclusive daughter of Senator Lovelace (champion of the new Online Privacy Bill) is a daring white hat hacker and the only female member of the Orwellians, an elite group responsible for a string of high-profile hacks against major corporations, with a mission to protect the little guy. Ada is swiftly proving she’s a force to be reckoned with, when a fellow Orwellian betrays her to the FBI. To protect her father’s career, Ada is sent to ReBoot, a technology rehab facility for teens…the same rehab Simone attended right before killing herself.
It’s bad enough that the ReBoot facility is creepy in an Overlook-Hotel-meets-Winchester-Mansion way, but when Ada realizes Simone’s suicide is just one in an increasingly suspicious string of “accidental” deaths and “suicides” occurring just after kids leave ReBoot, Ada knows she can’t leave without figuring out what really happened to her best friend. The massive cyber conspiracy she uncovers will threaten everything she cares about–her dad’s career, her new relationship with a wry, handsome, reformed hacker who gets under her skin, and most of all–the version of herself Ada likes best–the Dark Angel.
With a deliciously twisty plot, the topical bite of Cory Doctorow’s LITTLE BROTHER, ReWIRED delves into technology addiction, internet privacy, and corporate/government collection of data, as it vividly illuminates the universally human questions about ethics, privacy, and self-definition that both underpin these socio-political issues and dovetail with classic coming-of-age themes. Ultimately, ReWIRED is about the daily choices we all make about who we want to be, how much of ourselves we choose to share with others, and the terrifying risks and exhilarating rewards of being ourselves, online and off.
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From the start of ReWired you are sucked into a cyber world where the stakes are high. Ada Lovelace’s character is truly a teen divided. Since the loss of her best friend she has withdrawn more into her alter ego, Dark Angel. When an anonymous tip lands her in deep trouble she ends up at ReBoot, a facility that meant to rehabilitate teens who are too dependent upon technology. This is the same facility that her best friend had been before her death and Ada quickly discovers that everything is not as it seems. With almost every person leaving ReBoot ending up dead, Ada takes it upon herself to investigate for clues that will connect the dots. Along the way, she will find some unlikely allies and realize that the answers she seeks come with a cost that is higher than she ever expected to pay.
The characters in this story are quite entertaining. They all have their little quirks and no one seems to be who they pretend to be. I really cannot remark on whether or not the cyber portion of this story was accurate because I am not a techie person but it seemed pretty realistic and believable to me. I enjoyed the conspiracy that was weaved throughout this story. I never knew what was coming next but there were suspenseful builds throughout the story that kept the pace moving. The teens in this story all seem as if they have nothing in common but once their character’s facades are broken down they develop a camaraderie.
I enjoyed the growth of Ada’s character. At the start of the story she is a withdrawn character who is not living life at all. By the end of this story she has a whole new outlook and it is exciting to think about where she can go from there. ReWired was an exciting book filled with action, suspense, friendship, and a little bit of romance. I definitely think this story will appeal to readers who enjoy stories that involve technology, hacking, alter egos, and a group of teens who work together to solve a mystery. I would dub them The Breakfast Club of cyber mystery solvers. Overall, exciting read with a satisfying ending!
*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours & Author S.R. Johannes for this eARC of Rewired*
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