Author: S.R. Johannes
No. of pages: e-book; 281
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction
Publisher: Coleman & Stott
Publication Date: August 27, 2017
Date Read: June 9, 2018
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. (Goodreads)
I received this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve really been putting off this book and I really don’t know why. The description intrigued me and I just never had the time to sit and read or found something else that caught my attention more. And it’s a shame because had I read this earlier, I would have read a seriously freakin’ good book.
ReWired follows Ada Lovelace who is a major hacker in the cyberworld and a loner who just lost her best friend to suicide in the real one. Ada gets caught after a hack and is sent to a rehab facility for the technologically addicted to try and save face for her senator father who is trying to pass a bill regarding data protection for teens. Another reason Ada agreed to this is that her best friend, Simone, was released from the facility just days before she died. Once Ada gets there, she starts to look into why Simone felt the need to end her life and what she starts to find is way more than she bargained for. As secrets begin to unwind, Ada begins to realize that maybe being in the cyberworld all the time isn’t as she suddenly needs all the help she can get to uncover one of the biggest secrets of all.
Y’all, once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I read it entirely in just over 4 hours and I’ll probably pick up an actual copy at some point and read it again.
One of my favorite things about this book was that fact that at some points, the action became second thought because it began focusing on the relationships that Ada was building with the other members of the group at the rehab facility. All of these teens came from different backgrounds and yet, for the most part, built such incredible bonds. Ada, Becca, Varian, and Fisher came to realize that they truly needed each other and the bonds between them all, UGH! I just loved how each one come together at the end.
Another thing that I really liked about this book was the relevance of it. Just a few months ago, there were worries over data breaches and hacks and privacy matters with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. In this book, their concerns are definitely valid and I think it places an emphasis on watching what information you give away online. These teens, even though they were on a ‘secure’ network, the people behind it were taking notes and planning on using it in a way that was damaging. Even though Ada was a great hacker, they still were able to find information even when she thought she had covered her tracks. Yes, the internet can be a great place and can be used for all kinds of good, but it is definitely important to be careful of information that you let out.