This is thrilling, and this is just plain fun.
As a third installment in the series, and as the third Dan Wells book I’ve read, I think I can now confidently say that I thoroughly enjoyed this series, and this author’s style. There is a rhythm, of sorts, in each of the books, and that is what makes them just so addicting. The way suspense is built, information is handed out little by little so you’ll always want to stick around for more, and the way action is written – it’s all superb. It’s all, again, addicting.
And I love it.
The characters continue to be their own compelling little squad.
Have I mentioned how much I love squad books? (At least in half of my reviews, to be honest. But I don’t mind reminding y’all.) I love a large cast, because that allows so much time for complex character relationships to develop and the glorious thing that is banter to take place. This squad was expertly written, and I was really rooting for them all the way.
Marisa remains a fabulous lead.
I like her, I do; I like her relationships with her friends, her relationships with her family members, her hacking genius-ness, all of it. And this book gave us a good opportunity to focus on Marisa’s past and its many secrets, so it was great to delve into what really shaped her as a person, and so on.
The writing is fitting for a story of this pace.
It is controlled when there’s action and controlled when there isn’t: when information is slowly dealt out and the characters (and the readers, too) have to put two and two together before all hell breaks loose. I especially like the use of third person POV, because it is much more tidier, in my opinion, when the pace of the novel picks up.
All in all? I’m endlessly impressed.
ACTIVE MEMORY is a fun, twisty, sci-fi-y, ride with a compelling lead and a fabulous squad. Do I recommend it? You bet.
Thank you, HarperCollins, for the review copy!
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From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the third and final book in the dark, pulse-pounding, sci-fi neo-noir series that began with the acclaimed novel Bluescreen.
For all the mysteries teen hacker Marisa Carneseca has solved, there has been one that has always eluded her: the truth behind the car accident in which she lost her arm and a mob boss’ wife, Zenaida de Maldonado, lost her life. Even in a world where technology exists to connect everyone’s mind to one another, it would seem that some secrets can still remain hidden.
Those secrets rise violently to the surface, however, when Zenaida de Maldonado’s freshly severed hand shows up at the scene of a gangland shooting. If Zenaida is—or was—still alive, it means there’s even more about Marisa’s past that she doesn’t know. And when she and her friends start digging, they uncover a conspiracy that runs from the slums of Los Angeles to the very top of the world’s most powerful genetic engineering firm. If Mari wants the truth, she’s going to have to go through genetically enhanced agents, irritatingly attractive mob scions, and some bad relationships to get it.
Dan Wells’s widely acclaimed series continues with his most shocking, pulse-pounding, and visionary story yet.
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