Book Review – ReWired by S.R. Johannes

ReWiredSixteen-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.

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg  3/5 Stars.

I received this copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

This book felt like a let down to me I’m afraid – I was hoping for a good thriller with a technology slant. The hacking was good, but the reasons behind it were contrived and didn’t work well for me. The writing wasn’t as strong as I’d have liked either. And the thriller element didn’t leave me on the edge of my seat, it just didn’t quite work.

Not a bad read just not quite what I wanted it to be.

It didn’t help that as an ARC, this had a couple of minor typos etc but also I spotted a glaring error that jarred me out of my reading – the main character is scared of heights in the ropes course and near the end a chapter starts with the fact she’d never been scared of heights! Hopefully that will be fixed by the final version though, and I didn’t let it colour my response to the book.

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