Bluescreen by Dan Wells
Series: Mirador #1
on February 16th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian
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Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinniÂ—a smart device implanted right in a personÂ’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygenÂ—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 netÂ—going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And itÂ’s Anja who first gets her hands on BluescreenÂ—a virtual drug that plugs right into a personÂ’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 futureÂ—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the worldÂ’s most rare resource and nothing, not even the thoughts in our heads, is safe.
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There are two main types of dystopian novels. In the first, the world is “all used up”. There was some sort of horrible Apocalypse and all the humans that are left are are struggling to survive. In the second kind of dystopian, everything seems really good. The world seems to have all its problems worked out and the population are living happily. However, our main characters know that there is something wrong, underneath everything.
Bluescreen is a perfect example of the second type.
The best part though, was how much this book scared me. It made me so uncomfortable and challenged the way I think about something as simple and common as my cell phone. In the world of Mirador, cell phones are obsolete. Everyone has something better, a specialized computer is implanted in their brains. Can’t you just imagine that? Everyone carries cells now and claims that they can’t live without them. Implanting something in your head is the next logical step, horrifying though it may be.
The best dystopian novels are a reflection of the current times. 1984 makes a statement about unlimited government power and surveillance that is just as true today as it was in 1949. Â After reading Bluescreen, I hope that its not just as relevant in 60 years. However, with the direction we are going as a society, I wouldn’t take that bet.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins), the John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don’t Want To Kill You), and a few others (The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc). He was a Campbell nomine for best new writer, and has won a Hugo award for his work on the podcast Writing Excuses; the podcast is also a multiple winner of the Parsec Award.