Publication date: August 27th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
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.
I got really curious about this book when I saw that the main character’s name was Ada Lovelace. That may cause you to wonder why, and what is so special about it…
It is a fair question, and here are some quick info and more if you are curious: Ada Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron (Yes that one Lord Byron) and she was a mathematician and is pretty much the one who wrote the first computer program.
An amazing lady, when in those days ladies were not deemed smart enough to be properly educated!
You can see why, when I saw Ada’s name as the main character; I got super curious and could not wait to read the book.
I can tell you right now that it was spectacular and I LOVED it!
Teenage Ada is such a fantastic character and badass behind a computer, you know I love strong female characters and though they are usually more physically powerful, Ada is amazing with her skills just as much.
She did remind me of Lisbeth Salander a little, but Ada isn’t as dark though she is reeling still from the suicide of her best friend.
I mean, who wouldn’t?
The books isn’t fun and games and not crazy dark either, but there is darkness there and addresses quite a number of interesting topics when it comes to our world’s interaction with social media and technology in general.
ReWIRED is smart, very well written and of our time! The characters are all wonderful and the gang of Ada, Varian, Becca and Fish are a wonderful ensemble as they come together as one team!
Though I wish Varian was of the Horde instead of the Alliance and considering I have been playing WoW and SL for years, those elements in the story made me smile.
I am not going to tell you a lot about the story, the synopsis says quite a bit and I have given a little bit extra, but you know that I always encourage you to read the book and this one is one is amazing!
I am writing this review and I am really hoping for a series where Ada and the gang go into different hacking adventures and grow more as individual characters and as a group. I think that would be really fantastic and I would so be into it!
What do you think Shelli?
Do we have a deal?…
I said it earlier and will say it again; ReWIRED is fantastic and I loved ever second of it. I read it in one swoop and did not want to put it down! So you know what is coming when I say that I am going to very highly recommend it!
S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling Nature of Grace thriller series (Untraceable, Uncontrollable, and Unstoppable). She is a winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award in YA, an IPPY a Silver Medalist for YA Fiction, a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Young Adult Fiction, and a Finalist in US Book News Best YA Book.
Since leaving Corporate America, she has followed her passion for writing and conservation by working with The Dolphin Project, the Atlanta Zoo, other animal rescue organizations, and by weaving conservation themes into her books.
Currently, she lives in Atlanta, GA with English-accented husband and the huge imaginations of their prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.
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