Summary: Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. One of those connections 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, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, 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, non-chemical, 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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I love Dan Wells' Partials trilogy, so I was really looking forward to Bluescreen.
As with his other YA trilogy the characters in Bluescreen were ethnically diverse, which I liked. When POC aren't present in books, it just seems ridiculous to me since, hey, we live in a diverse world! It upsets me to say then that I didn't actually like any of the characters including the mc, Marisa. They frustrated me for different reasons which I won't go into, because I'll end up going on a bit of a rant.
The pacing of the book was quite slow, it took a while for it to finally take off. The constant info dumping didn't do much to help, either. The explanations and unnecessary details every other page took me out of the story, and therefore made me uninterested in what was going on.
Despite not enjoying Bluescreen I'm still anticipating Dan Wells' standalone novel which comes out later this year. Hopefully I'll be able to get on with it a lot better than I got on with this book!