Welcome to the final stop on the book tour of “Rewired” by S.R. Johannes a YA cyber thriller that will suck you in until you finish it while making you think about how we use technology.
by S.R. Johannes
Publication date: August 27th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
What is it about?
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.
Where to find it?
Ada Lovelace is the daughter of a senator and an amazing hacker. She had recently lost her best girlfriend, who committed suicide after being released from Reboot a camp for teenagers to help them detoxify from technology. Now she is spending all her time on the web, where she is known as Dark Angel. After being caught hacking a company she is sent to the same camp as her friend. While staying there she uncovers that other people that recently left the installations have appeared killed in accidents. Ada is determined to investigate what is going on and what it has to do with her best friend’s death. But can she do it before someone comes after her?
Addictive and action-packed read
When I first started reading it I didn’t know much of what it was about, and I was so pleasantly surprised with the turns and twists that I couldn’t put it down.
“No one is honest is cyberspace. Everyone hides something”
One of my favorite things was the explanation of how Ada was hacking or doing the technological stuff, and how she uses her skills to uncover whatever is going on in Reboot.
Though I did guess what was going to happen I couldn’t predict some of the twists and that was what made me keep reading and on the edge of my seat.
I loved the combination of all the main characters, as I felt like each one of them added something special to the story.
” Just goes to show, we never really know a person. We can only combine the bits and pieces we know with the other stuff we accidentally uncover”
Ada is one of my favorite characters. She is strong, intelligent and has a big mouth sometimes. I really enjoyed the development of her character, how she starts being this depressed but kiss ass girl because of what happened to her best friend. And slowly she starts opening up, going into the real world and starts healing.
One of the characters that surprised me the most was Becca. It was especially in the end so I’m not going to say much but she is a kick ass girl and better not to have it as an enemy.
I enjoyed a book that makes you think about what you are reading and this one made me think about how much time I spent online and what I do when I prioritize my time online than in the “real” world.
One of the main things showed during the story is how addicted is the society with internet and technology. We do most of the stuff through technology and we provide so much information about ourselves that we don’t even realize what is done with that afterward. In addition, we lived in the cyberspace rather than in the real world and it was fantastic to see how Ada was trying to change that.
“In the technology age, information is power. But we only have that power if people give us the information freely. Teens share more than anyone.”
Overall, this was a gripping thriller that engrossed me into the story and that kept me reading with all the turns of the events.
About the author
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.
This was such a fantastic read, I enjoyed every bit I spent reading it, I highly highly recommend it. What do you think? Would this be something you would be interested in?