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by Dan Wells

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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 Runner

From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, comes the first book in a


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 Runner

From 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.

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James Dashner
“Filled with suspense and twists and unforgettable characters. This book is just plain awesome.”
SLJ (starred review)
“This fascinatingly speculative tale, first in a series, full of diverse characters, owes much to M.T. Anderson’s Feed, and it’s just as exciting and innovative. Readers won’t be able to put this sci-fi thriller down.”
Brandon Sanderson
“Dan Wells is a master of both suspense and sheer, bombastic fun. I loved Bluescreen. Do yourself a favor and start reading this right now.”
Publishers Weekly
When a new drug hijacks the cybernetic implants of those who use it, turning them into puppets for a mysterious mastermind, a teenage hacker attempts to unravel the mystery and save her friends and family. The complicated trail Marisa Carneseca follows takes her from the powerful criminals who all but run her Los Angeles neighborhood to corporations that rule the city. She and her friends face threats both in the real world, with a gang war spilling over into the streets, and online, in the depths of the darknet, where people wage war with viruses and information. Wells (the Partials series) presents a tense cyberthriller set in the near future of 2050, where economic inequality has created a dangerously volatile society and where surgically installed devices called djinni allow for 24/7 connectivity. The ethnically diverse cast features several strong, resourceful women, while Marisa’s struggles with her artificial arm add another layer to the story, helping it stand out as more than a typical SF adventure. It’s an engaging start to Wells’s Mirador series. Ages 13–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (Feb.)
VOYA, April 2016 (Vol. 39, No. 1) - Bethany Martin
By 2050, the world is nearly completely automated. Cars drive themselves, household droids handle laundry, and take-out is delivered by drone. Nearly the entire population is connected through djinnis, smart implants that provide constant network access. Los Angeles has become a sprawling megalopolis, sharply divided between the haves and have-nots, the latter of whom can no longer find work in an economy taken over by machines. Gangs and crime families control many of L.A.’s neighborhoods, including Mirador, where teenage hacker Marisa Carneseca lives. Marisa and her friends use their djinnis for everything, even to get high. When a new virtual drug, bluescreen, which promises to deliver a safe, non-chemical high, causes some disturbing side effects in her friend Anja, Marisa takes it upon herself to figure out what is going on and finds herself in a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined. While the premise of this book immediately brings to mind M. T. Anderson’s Feed (Candlewick, 2002/Voya December 2002) and Wells does consider privacy and the impact of constant connectedness, those seeking in-depth exploration and reflection on these themes should stick with Anderson’s work. Those looking for a fast-paced techno noir thriller will not be disappointed in Bluescreen. Marissa is well drawn, at turns oblivious and selfless; fans of Veronica Mars will enjoy this character. Foreshadowing leads the reader to expect several of the plot twists; however, the ending is unexpected and, while satisfying, leaves enough loose ends for future installments. Reviewer: Bethany Martin; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
★ 12/01/2015
Gr 8 Up—This fast-paced futuristic science-fiction cyber-thriller about virtual reality gone wrong is a compulsive read, especially for gamers. In 2050, Los Angeles is one of the last great centers of business left in the United States, filled with autocabs, rolling lounges, maglev trains, and hypertubes bringing commuters in from all over the country. Nearly everyone has a djinni, a smart device implanted into their brains. One blink enables a person to access email, the Internet, or video feeds, and adware is constant. Teens spend nearly 24 hours a day online plugged into it; much of that time is spent playing virtual reality games. Mari Carmeseca and her friends Sahara, Anja, Jaya, and Fang are all skilled virtual gamers. Mari is also a talented hacker. She and her family live in El Mirador, a midsize barrio where her family runs a Mexican restaurant. Business owners pay gang lord Don Francisco Maldonado's enforcers to keep the peace. After rich girl Anja has a bad reaction to Bluescreen, a digital drug that triggers a huge sensory buzz, Mari and gorgeous drug dealer Saif agree to work together to try to get it off the streets. In attempting to do so, they soon find themselves involved in a more dangerous conspiracy than they ever imagined. This fascinatingly speculative tale, first in a series, full of diverse characters, owes much to M.T. Anderson's Feed, and it's just as exciting and innovative. VERDICT Readers won't be able to put this sci-fi thriller down.—Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trenton
Kirkus Reviews
In 2050, when the Internet is connected directly to the brain, malware and viruses can be deadly. Seventeen-year-old Marisa and her virtual-reality-gaming friends call themselves the Cherry Dogs and aspire to play "Overworld" professionally. Like Marisa, Sahara and Anja live in Los Angeles, but Fang and Jaya live halfway across the physical world. When wealthy Anja tries a new type of plug-in called Bluescreen, the supposedly safe digital drug knocks her out. Its effects—while in a trance she tries to force the drug on her industrialist father—are terrifying, and tech-savvy Marisa and her friends investigate. However, their investigations draw the attention of Bluescreen's creators, and that could result in the death of the Cherry Dogs. Meanwhile, the Maldonado family, paid to protect Marisa's family restaurant from gangs that deal drugs in her mostly Latino neighborhood of Mirador, have stopped actively protecting businesses. Can Marisa and her friends apply their VR-gaming skills to the real world and discover the mystery of Bluescreen while surviving a gang war? Wells' first in a new science-fiction series is an action-packed, twisty thriller mystery set in an all-too-believable future. Complex, ethnically diverse characters and witty dialogue balance out the (slight) overabundance of tech-blather. Though it has obvious affinities to Feed, its focus is on action rather than concept. Fans of futuristic dystopias will be clamoring for more adventures in Mirador. (Science fiction/thriller. 14 & up)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Mirador Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Dan Wells is the author of the bestselling Partials Sequence as well as the John Cleaver series. He has been nominated for the Campbell Award and has won a Hugo Award and three Parsec Awards for his podcast Writing Excuses. He plays a lot of games, reads a lot of books, and eats a lot of food, which is pretty much the ideal life he imagined for himself as a child. You can find out more online at www.thedanwells.com.

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