Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and is a fun way to showcase upcoming books that you’re excited about with other bloggers and readers. I’ve read several books lately about futuristic societies where computer implants are the norm, and I just can’t seem to get enough of this trope. So when I ran across this book, I immediately added it to the list:
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.
Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, returns with a stunning new vision of the near future—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the world’s most rare resource and nothing, not even the thoughts in our heads, is safe.
Bluescreen by Dan Wells. Releases in February 2016 from Balzer + Bray. Not only does this have shades of Ready Player One, but the words “virtual drug” are seriously calling to me! I haven’t read Wells’ other books, sadly, but I definitely intend to check this one out.
What is your “can’t wait” book this week?