Tuesday, February 28, 2017

#Review - Ones and Zeroes by Dan Wells #YALit #Science Fiction @TheDanWells @BalzerandBray

Series: MIrador # 2
Format: E-Galley, 416 pages
Release Date: February 14th 2017 
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher
Genre: YA, Science Fiction

From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, comes Ones and Zeroes, the second book in the sci-fi noir series set in 2050 Los Angeles that began with the acclaimed novel Bluescreen.

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 everything—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.

Dan Wells returns to the dark, perilous world of 2050 Los Angeles with another pulse-pounding story of betrayal, mystery, and suspense set in a stunning tech-noir landscape.

Ones and Zeroes is the second installment in author Dan Wells Mirador trilogy. It is a series that is set in 2050 Los Angeles. It is a world where 17-year old Marisa Carneseca lives in a neighborhood called Mirador with her parents, and siblings. Marisa, like the rest of this world, has a djinni super-computer implanted in her brain. They have access to unlimited technology and information. She is also a member of a group of (5) girls called Cherry Dogs who play a virtual reality game called Overworld. 

Along with Marisa, there's Sahara Cowan, & Anja Litz who all live in LA. 15-year old Wong Fang hails from China, while 22 year old Jaya is from India. Marisa is on a mission. She wants to find out what happened to her years ago that cost her an arm that is now completely mechanical. Her father refuses to talk about it which just pushes Marisa into learning the truth without any help. There's one person who may have the information she needs, but that person is as elusive as an honest politician in Washington, D.C. Grendel claims he has the information that she needs. Grendel is a hacker from the darkest corners of the net who Marisa bumped into in the last installment. 

The only problem is that the information is kept at a secure location. Then fate seems to toss Marisa a bone. Her friend Anja gets the Cherry Dogs into an exclusive event called Forward Motion. Forward Motion is a charity event that lures the best players in the world to one place. This year, that place is Los Angeles. Which means for the first time, all five Cherry Dogs will be in the same place together. But, there's a catch. Marisa and her teammates will have to risk life and limb not only to access dark secrets within a powerful organization, but somehow manage to survive, advance, and win the tournament to get the information they need.

There are more than a few distractions to keep Marisa and her friends occupied. It is a world of have and have nots. The Carneseca's run restaurant called San Juanito, but the business is slowly creeping towards having to close down due to corporate greed, & customers having to give up everything just to survive. Then there is the terminator like freak show called Mr. Park who is nearly unstoppable. He is like Arnold's character in that he keeps coming back. Add to the mix the dynamic Alain Bensoussan who makes Marisa's heart pump with desire, and the fact that he has his own unique reasons for going after the dirty rotten stinking corporations, and you have an action packed adventure sure to please.

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