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Series: Mirador Vol. 1   

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Annotation: In 2050 Los Angeles, Marisa and her friends experiment with an allegedly safe virtual drug and find themselves caught up in a dangerous conspiracy.
Catalog Number: #5901740
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 335 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-234788-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-234788-6
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Best-selling Wells' latest kicks off a futuristic new series set in 2050 Los Angeles, in which cars run on autopilot, inequality is off the charts, and pretty much everyone has a djinni smart device that plugs right into your head. Marisa Canesca is a teenage coder with a robotic arm who pretty much lives for virtual reality games, where she connects with friends around the globe. But when one of her local friends, the wealthy Anja, gets her hands on Bluescreen, a new drug that plugs into the djinni, Marisa's world is upended. With her hacking prowess, Marisa discovers that not only is Bluescreen an incredibly powerful drug, it's also turning its users into puppets. But for whom, and to what effect? Wells' thrilling tale makes great use of its setting, and its diverse cast of characters is well suited for the futuristic L.A. demographic. Though it might hold special appeal for gamers, this is a great fit for readers who fancy noir thrillers and realistically flawed characters.
Voice of Youth Advocates
By 2050, the world is nearly completely automated. Cars drive themselves, household droids handle laundry, and take-out is delivered by drone. Nearly the entire population is connected through djinnis, smart implants that provide constant network access. Los Angeles has become a sprawling megalopolis, sharply divided between the haves and have-nots, the latter of whom can no longer find work in an economy taken over by machines. Gangs and crime families control many of L.A.'s neighborhoods, including Mirador, where teenage hacker Marisa Carneseca lives. Marisa and her friends use their djinnis for everything, even to get high. When a new virtual drug, bluescreen, which promises to deliver a safe, non-chemical high, causes some disturbing side effects in her friend Anja, Marisa takes it upon herself to figure out what is going on and finds herself in a situation more dangerous than she ever imagined.While the premise of this book immediately brings to mind M. T. Anderson's Feed (Candlewick, 2002/VOYA December 2002) and Wells does consider privacy and the impact of constant connectedness, those seeking in-depth exploration and reflection on these themes should stick with Anderson's work. Those looking for a fast-paced techno noir thriller will not be disappointed in Bluescreen. Marissa is well drawn, at turns oblivious and selfless; fans of Veronica Mars will enjoy this character. Foreshadowing leads the reader to expect several of the plot twists; however, the ending is unexpected and, while satisfying, leaves enough loose ends for future installments.Bethany Martin.
Word Count: 84,248
Reading Level: 5.8
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.8 / points: 13.0 / quiz: 180000 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.4 / points:20.0 / quiz:Q68388
Lexile: 830L

Bluescreen is a stunning deluge of imagination, filled with suspense and twists and unforgettable characters. This book is just plain awesome.”—James Dashner, bestselling author of The Maze Runner

From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, comes the first book in a new sci-fi-noir series. 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, 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, nonchemical, 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.

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