Bluescreen by Dan Wells // ARC Review


Bluescreen (Mirador #1) by Dan Wells, Published by Harper Teen, ARC received from the publisher through Red Ballon’s Teen Book Club in exchange for an honest review.

“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 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.”

Bluescreen is a cool futuristic mystery and a great start to a new series!

Some of my very favorite themes to read about in science fiction are virtual reality gaming and people having computer-like neural implants. Bluescreen by Dan Wells had both of these things as elements of the plot, and I feel like they were executed very well. While they were both familiar things that I like to read about, this book also managed to put a different spin on them and make them fresh and new again.

bluescreeninstaI really enjoyed the plot in this one. At the beginning there was a really cool VR gaming scene that introduced you to the world and the characters, and then the plot started pretty much right after. It was exciting, there was a lot of mystery, and there were also a few pretty interesting twists. I also really liked all the futuristic elements of the story! The technology was all very cool and well written, and the economic and social differences were all very interesting. As this is the first book in the series, I really hope there will be more worldbuilding in the future. There were a few things that were hinted at but not entirely stated that I would really like to know about.

I also really liked the characters. They were all very interesting and likeable and diverse, though I would like to get to know them better. The book gives a lot of details about most of the characters, but I don’t feel like I really spent enough time with each of them to really know them as characters. Hopefully this is another thing that any future books in the series would address.

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I thought it was really cool how much Spanish was used in the book! There is actually a lot. So much so that you might need a translator handy, because it isn’t all translated in the narration. As you may know, I myself am fluent in Spanish: I attended an immersion elementary school. While I’m not a native speaker, so I am definitely not the best person to speak to this, most of the slang (and swearing) seemed pretty accurate to what I have heard, and that’s pretty cool.

All in all, Bluescreen is a very promising start to a new futuristic series! I recommend reading it if it sounds like your kind of thing!


Bluescreen by Dan Wells will be published on February 16th, 2016.

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