• Bluescreen

  • A Mirador Novel
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Roxanne Hernandez
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times best-selling 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 24 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.

©2016 Dan Wells (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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not bad, but difficult narrator

I have enjoyed Dan Wells before, but he never hooked me really deeply, it felt the same here. the book had a decent premise and a fine plot, but it never really launched in my mind. this might still have been a great listen if the narrator had been good, but her depiction and voice really turned into a barrier. Roxanne Hernandez voiced several characters in a patronizing, falsely jovial tone. I thought it might be situational at first, but she carried that tone through every peril and victory. it probably wouldn't have kicked me out of the experience if the story had grabbed me, but with both feeling mediocre, I had to force myself to finish the book.

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Snow Crash, rebooted

As usual, Dan Wells writes gripping stuff. I recently re-listened to Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, and was struck by the similarity. Feels like a reboot to me now.

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Run Don't Walk for Book 2

LA 2050 Where most people have a djinni, a jack and a smart device implanted in your head that does everything from open your door to make phone calls, to control your money. But Marisa likes to game with hers. But when her gamer friend gets a hold of a new drug called bluescreen, which plugs directly in to the djinni and is supposed to give the user a safe high, only they find out it corrupts the users djinni with new code and takes over the person. While trying to clean up the mess for their friend Marisa finds herself deeper in the net than any of them have ever even heard of.

If you know me than you know I am a huge sucker for any computer gamer/hacker/jacker books, so I totally went nuts when I saw this one, and a very awesome friend bought it for me (thank you thank you thank you), because this was such a awesome book. I can't say enough about it, if you like action, suspense, computer type thriller books than this is for you!

Oh and Roxanne Hernandez was so awesome narrating the audio, there truly could not have been a better narrator for this book she was so good. All the different voices for everyone and even the calm and exciting and back and forth, I don't know, she was just so great. I know there is a part two and I can't wait to get that one also. But if you think this might be your kind of book don't stand there, run and get it now you really don't want to wait.

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I will definitely be reading more by Dan Wells

What about Roxanne Hernandez’s performance did you like?

She was absolutely brilliant! Her characterization was clear, changing her voice often subtly for each character. I was blown away by her!

Any additional comments?

I haven't read anything by Wells before, and now I'm wondering why. This book was amazing. The plot points and threads were tightly woven, without extraneous sideplots or any loose ends. The premise was clever and intriguing, and the PEOPLE! He writes thoroughly real, believable, complex characters. They were so distinct and varied in who they were, not to mention diverse, it was a joy to read about them. But I didn't feel like Wells was trying to make a point about diversity, or female protagonists, or anything. They were the people who made sense for this story, so they just were.

For a cyberpunk book, where my personal expectations revolve around being in or on the web all the time, there was actually very little in the way of "in-game" activity. Sure, the beginning was very cyberpunk, but the bulk of the story revolved more around life outside the nets. The resources these characters had was more a tool than anything. It wasn't a matter of escaping reality. It was coexisting with reality, seeing how life reacted to the cyber. I loved every moment of it! I highly recommend this book!

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I never thought YA and Cyberpunk work together

And I was right.
The first half of this book feels like a mess.
I didn't buy the teenager poor girl that goes to glamorous clubs every night. The super diverse cast and the billionaire with dreamy eyes.
If it wasn't for my new year resolution to finish the books I bought on audible, doubtful I would get past the mid point.

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The last part is actually quite solid, all the building blocks are established ahead of time. I was not a big fan of a big action at the end, but all in all, the second part of the book is fun enough to merit 3.5-4 stars (so I rounded up to 4)

An interesting read for aspiring authors who want to see how a plot is built correctly, in that Wells is a master.

All in all, worth the read, but starts quite badly in my opinion.

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I love everything by Dan Wells!

I seriously hope his books are turned in to film adaptions. Very captivating stories. Also, I love the female lead aspect. I’ve been searching for books that make me as the reader feel recognized and his stories do it for me. Also, the reading performer for this series so far, has been excellent. Love her voice abilities.

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YOUTH fiction here, but also a warning

This is certainly a YA novel, not heavier, probing adult literature. But the topic is timely and cautionary. It's pretty good, but not awesome. It did not make me like the characters. The narration is also okay.

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Horrid.....

What would have made Bluescreen better?

I quit after about an hour and forty five mintues. I still could not tell you what this book is supposed to be about. But it sounds like it was written for pre-teens. So if your a 8 to 12 yr old girl, maybe this is your book. But if your male and/or over 13, forget it.

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well done

A good book with a talented narrator. Believeable and exciting plot ready for the next

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A Solid Series

I grabbed this book because I've been listening to Dan's writing advice for years and wanted to see examples of his work. It's a compelling story with a strong ensemble and an excellent protagonist. I enjoyed the world he put it in and the potential for stories within that world. I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator on this one but that might just be personal preference. I like that all of the characters are women and aren't just in men's roles. I'm impressed at how well Dan wrote compelling female characters that seem authentic. I look forward to more of this series.

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  • Io
  • 05-10-17

good story, did not enjoy the narrator

Story interesting, but the reader... ahhh, every word is paused and over there top... accents are distracting... plowed through it as I did enjoy the story

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  • Ben Jones
  • 10-29-16

OK... but not as good as partials

To me Dan Well's Partials trilogy was the best post apocalyptic series I have ever read. This is not Partials. I found that the vision of the LA Getto was rather depressing, and I lacked empathy with any of the characters. Basically it brought out all the negative aspects of Mexican culture and left all the good elements aside.

The performance was also a bit hit and miss... sometimes great, but then just tonally completely off (especially in the first 10 minutes).

If you haven't read partials, go read it... if you have... save your time.

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