I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Bluescreen
on February 16, 2016 Pages:
352 Format: ARC 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.
Bluescreen was a title that I was looking forward to ever since I first heard about it. The story follows a girl named Marisa who lives in Mirador which is in LA. Her family owns a restaurant, though there’s gangs that go around a lot so her family pays the police to keep the gangs away from them.
She spends a lot of time online with her friends because the whole world pretty much spends all their time online. Everyone has a djinni which is basically an implant in their heads which keeps them online constantly. She really likes online gaming. However, one day while hanging out with her friend Anja who is super rich, Anja begins talking about this new drug called Bluescreen. Anja immediately plugs it into her djinni and blacks out almost immediately. However, she begins sleepwalking. It’s as if she doesn’t control her body anymore! When she wakes up, she doesn’t remember anything. Plus, Anja is grounded. Marisa and her friends then go on to investigate what this new drug really is.
I think my favorite thing about this book was that it was a very different science fiction/dystopian story. So many of them seem to kind of feel the same nowadays, but this one was definitely a standout for me. I loved the characters, especially Marisa. She was badass in a very different way than most YA heroines because she was a techy badass. She could hijack into almost anything. Sometimes even her friends were surprised at what she could do!
I also loved the world that Dan had created. It’s incredibly possible that the whole world will spend all their time online one day. I mean, so many people do that already! It’s kind of crazy. I also found it kind of interesting that LA had grown so much. I could definitely see that happening too. So many people go to California for their dreams to come true only for them to be disappointed.
Lastly, I love how this book was very action-packed. It included video gaming, hijacking, and thrilling drugs. I just couldn’t put it down. However, I did find some of the new language to be a bit confusing at first. I’m here to tell you that if you stick with it, the language will start to make much more sense and you’ll begin to remember what the new words are!
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