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, 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.
From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the second book in a dark, pulse-pounding sci-fi-noir series set in 2050 Los Angeles.
Overworld. It's more than just the world's most popular e-sport—for thousands of VR teams around the globe, Overworld is life. It means fame and fortune, or maybe it's a ticket out of obscurity or poverty. If you have a connection to the internet and four friends you trust with your life, anything is possible.
Marisa Carneseca is on the hunt for a mysterious hacker named Grendel when she receives word that her amateur Overworld team has been invited to Forward Motion, one of the most exclusive tournaments of the year. For Marisa, this could mean anything—a chance to finally go pro and to help her family, stuck in an LA neighborhood on the wrong side of the growing divide between the rich and the poor. But Forward Motion turns out to be more than it seems—rife with corruption, infighting, and danger—and Marisa runs headlong into Alain Bensoussan, a beautiful, dangerous underground freedom fighter who reveals to her the darker side of the forces behind the tournament. It soon becomes clear that, in this game, winning might be the only way to get out alive.
These books were so fascinating to read! This world of nulis and not a lot of people actually working, it kinda reminded me of the Twinmaker world-except that the Twinmaker world works because people don't need money. Here, they do, and yeah, life is a lot harder in this world!
What was so great about these books, was that there was so much that was awesome about them! Like the world building, and the djinni and the nulis and Overworld, and so much more! Then there were these amazing characters, Marisa, Anja, Sahara and others! Plus the writing was fantastic!
To have this computer in your brain-things that require brain surgery-yeah, that was so fascinating! And the idea that if humans died, that these machines would keep going, because it's the djinni that have everything? Yeah, kinda creepy! And that there's a drug and what it does? So interesting!
I don't know which book I enjoyed more. Bluescreen, it took me a while to read it, but it was so interesting! Ones and Zeroes, I read it so quickly, because I knew the details of the world, and was diving right back in! And yeah, it was really fascinating! But things weren't fully finished, well, they could be, but it's pretty open ended-and I don't know if there's going to be a 3rd book! I want one, though!
This was a really fantastic series, and I would absolutely love more!
Author: Dan Wells
Series: Mirador #1, 2
Read: February 7th, 7th, 2017
Reason Why: Love his other books, and they're 2017 Dystopia Books, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books and a WoW Books!
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: February 16th 2016
Expected Publication: February 14th 2017
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