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Book Review: ReWired by S.R. Johannes

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Name: ReWired by S.R. Johannes

Date Published: August 27th, 2017

Genre: Thriller

Goodreads Rating: 3.65 Stars

How I acquired it: I was given a free e-book from NetGalley in return for an honest review. My opinion is my own and is in no way influenced and the review below contains no spoilers.

Goodreads Summary

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.

Writing: ★★★

Plot: ★★

Romance: ★★

Reading Level: ★★

Ending: ★★★

My Overall Rating: ★★

My Review:

The writing started off really slow. I never really felt fully gripped or interested in what was happening. I think it would be easier to follow if you understand technology jargon but the parts that are supposed to be thrilling are filled with terminology the average person (well at least me) cannot understand. This takes away from the overall effectiveness of the writing.

Johannes definitely takes the reader for a ride. When you think one thing is going to happen, you’re forced another direction. This happened several times throughout the book and because it happened so often I got confused with the story line. It also left some holes that never were filled.

The “romance” in this book felt very forced. The ReBoot facility Ada goes to has a group of 6 students and it was as if she was forced to go towards one guy. They’re “relationship” starts out strange. He follows her and asks a lot of questions and she asks him to stop. He doesn’t. So, she tries to be with him anyway. I didn’t sense a connection or a reason they were together other than to have a romance aspect to the book.

Due to the plot holes the ending left me wanting more. More questions answered and a clearer reason for why the characters acted the way they did. Overall, I understood the ending I just was expecting a bigger plot twist or a more thrilling read.

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