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.
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 hEnglish-accented husband and the huge imaginations of their prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.
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ARC of Rewired provided through Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review.
Rewired was such a great read and completely unpredictable. It had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!
So first of all the idea of a teenage hacker chick immediately got my attention! But Ada is so much more than that. Sure she has some serious skill when it comes to hacking and getting information, the definition of a nerdy badass but she hides behind all of that. Deep down she’s scared, and lonely. When I found out her best friend I really felt so bad for her. Then to discover that most of her friend’s suicide was a mystery, it was easy to understand how that could mess with someone’s head. Through it all though, Ada did not let her personal feelings and worries cripple her. She pushed through it, even with all the cards stacked against her. I admired her tenacity and her over all character. Ada Lovelace is definitely the kind of heroine I support.
The entire story as a whole was so twisted, not just in the dark-teens-dying sense but in the way that there were so many twists and turns to the investigation. I could never guess what was going to happen next, and that may not seem like a big thing to some, but having a story that is unpredictable should be #BookGoals!
I loved the cast as well. Everyone has such different characters and they all were so wild. With out them, this book would have been seriously missing out. Some were colorful, some were dark, some made you just want to give them a big hug, but no matter what, each of them made a good suspect. That was the thing with this book, I started looking at everyone as a suspect in this mystery, but as stated before, I never saw the ending coming.
Credit must be given to the setting of this book as well. I felt like the Reboot facility was an entity of its own and really added a nice spooky element to the story. It reminded me so much of the Winchester Mansion which was a real bonus for me. I love spooky and haunted places, and though Reboot is not described as haunted, it was still super enjoyable.
If you are looking for a book that is one of a kind and will leave you guessing the entire time then you need to check out Rewired! It’ll make you laugh, make you gasp, and maybe even make you cry, but you will enjoy every minute of it, I promise!