Author: Dan Wells

FFBC Review: Active Memory by Dan Wells

Posted February 23, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

FFBC Review: Active Memory by Dan Wells

FFBC Review: Active Memory by Dan WellsActive Memory by Dan Wells
Series: Mirador #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 13th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the third and final book in the dark, pulse-pounding, sci-fi neo-noir series that began with the acclaimed novel Bluescreen.

For all the mysteries teen hacker Marisa Carneseca has solved, there has been one that has always eluded her: the truth behind the car accident in which she lost her arm and a mob boss’ wife, Zenaida de Maldonado, lost her life. Even in a world where technology exists to connect everyone’s mind to one another, it would seem that some secrets can still remain hidden.

Those secrets rise violently to the surface, however, when Zenaida de Maldonado’s freshly severed hand shows up at the scene of a gangland shooting. If Zenaida is—or was—still alive, it means there’s even more about Marisa’s past that she doesn’t know. And when she and her friends start digging, they uncover a conspiracy that runs from the slums of Los Angeles to the very top of the world’s most powerful genetic engineering firm. If Mari wants the truth, she’s going to have to go through genetically enhanced agents, irritatingly attractive mob scions, and some bad relationships to get it.

Dan Wells’s widely acclaimed series continues with his most shocking, pulse-pounding, and visionary story yet.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book was the PERFECT ending for this series. I enjoyed Bluescreen because it made me uncomfortable and made me think about cell phone usage in a different way. Ones and Zeroes was good, but it stepped away from the technological dystopian focus and was a great futuristic heist novel. I liked hearing all about Overworld and the Cherry Dogs… I’m just not that into sports. I was glad that this book pulled away from that and focused back on the world itself.

I also really liked the introduction of Dead Zones. It makes complete sense to me that there would be a subset of the population that wouldn’t be online. I always feel an affinity for the seedy underbelly of rebels so I loved hearing that one existed. I could read a whole book series based on that alone.

Active Memory is a return to the world of technology ruling all with a bit of a social commentary feel. Do we really need to be connected every second of every day??? It also FINALLY wraps up the mystery. Why was Mari in the car with Zenaida all those years ago, why the feud, will Mari and Omar EVER KISS??

I’m not telling.


Other Books in the Series

Bluescreen review


About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells is best known for his horror series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, of which the first book is now an award-winning movie through IFC Midnight. His other novels include THE HOLLOW CITY, a supernatural thriller about schizophrenia, EXTREME MAKEOVER, in which a beauty company destroys the world, and two young adult science fiction series: the post-apocalypse PARTIALS and the cyberpunk MIRADOR. He has written for television, on the upcoming science fiction series EXTINCT, and wrote and produced the horror comedy stage play A NIGHT OF BLACKER DARKNESS. He cohosts the Hugo-winning podcast for aspiring writers called Writing Excuses, which has expanded to include its own writing conference. He also writes short fiction and game fiction, and edited the anthology ALTERED PERCEPTIONS to help raise funds for and awareness of mental illness. Dan lives in northern Utah with his wife, 6 children, and more than 400 boardgames.


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FFBC Review: Bluescreen by Dan Wells

Posted February 26, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment

FFBC Review: Bluescreen by Dan Wells



FFBC Review: Bluescreen by Dan WellsBluescreen by Dan Wells
Series: Mirador #1
on February 16th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian
Pages: 352
Format: ebook
Source: Edelweiss
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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 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.
Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, returns with a stunning new vision of the near future—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the world’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.  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.


Dan Wells

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.


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