Active Memory by Dan Wells (Review & #Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop! I reviewed the first two books in this series hereCheck
out my review of this third book and the other tour information below (if you've
read this series, you will totally want the t-shirt included in the giveaway)...

Active Memory
(Mirador #3)
by Dan Wells
YA Dystopian, SciFi
Hardcover, & ebook, 400 Pages
February 13th 2018 by Balzer + Bray


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.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

My Review

ACTIVE MEMORY is a crazy roller-coaster ride of emotions and adrenaline as these group of friends try to save the ones they love. The characters continue to be diverse and lovable, with a family dynamic easy to relate to, and a plot that will keep readers on the edge of their seat. Fans of the series will love this one!

I still love these characters! They're fun, crazy, smart, loyal, and willing to do all they can for each other and for those they love. I also love that they're so very humanly imperfect. Marisa continues to develop as a character and to uncover quite a few of the secrets that have plagued her the entire series. It's nice to finally have some answers! Although, the door is still open for a few more confrontations for a fourth book. I still adore Marisa's family and wished there would have been a little more of them. I love Marisa's relationship with her dad and seeing that developed more.

Moving on to the plot... it was insane and impossible with just enough crazy mistakes and successes to make it work. It made sense to me, especially considering how much the outcome would affect Marisa and others, as the plot thickened and as the characters figure out each piece of the puzzle. There were some intense moments, making this really hard to put down. Definitely a book you could read in one sitting.

In the end, was it what I wished for? A fantastic addition to this series! An intense story with characters readers can root for and a plot that was engaging from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to seeing what Wells has for readers next!

Content: Some swearing, gay references, crude descriptions/dialogue, and violence.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

Other Books in the Series

(Mirador #1)
by Dan Wells
YA Dystopian, SciFi
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, & ebook, 352 Pages
February 16th 2016 by Balzer & Bray

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.

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

Ones and Zeroes
(Mirador #2)
by Dan Wells
YA Dystopian, SciFi
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, & ebook, 416 Pages
February 14th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the second book in a dark, pulse-pounding sci-fi-noir series set in 2050 Los Angeles.

Overworld. It’s more than just the world’s most popular e-sport—for thousands of VR teams around the globe, Overworld is life. It means fame and fortune, or maybe it’s a ticket out of obscurity or poverty. If you have a connection to the internet and four friends you trust with your life, anything is possible.

Marisa Carneseca is on the hunt for a mysterious hacker named Grendel when she receives word that her amateur Overworld team has been invited to Forward Motion, one of the most exclusive tournaments of the year. For Marisa, this could mean anything—a chance to finally go pro and to help her family, stuck in an LA neighborhood on the wrong side of the growing divide between the rich and the poor. But Forward Motion turns out to be more than it seems—rife with corruption, infighting, and danger—and Marisa runs headlong into Alain Bensoussan, a beautiful, dangerous underground freedom fighter who reveals to her the darker side of the forces behind the tournament. It soon becomes clear that, in this game, winning might be the only way to get out alive. 

(Affiliate links included - I receive a small kickback if you make a purchase using my links.)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells is best known for his horror series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, of which the first book is now an award-winning movie through IFC Midnight. His other novels include THE HOLLOW CITY, a supernatural thriller about schizophrenia, EXTREME MAKEOVER, in which a beauty company destroys the world, and two young adult science fiction series: the post-apocalypse PARTIALS and the cyberpunk MIRADOR. He has written for television, on the upcoming science fiction series EXTINCT, and wrote and produced the horror comedy stage play A NIGHT OF BLACKER DARKNESS. He cohosts the Hugo-winning podcast for aspiring writers called Writing Excuses, which has expanded to include its own writing conference. He also writes short fiction and game fiction, and edited the anthology ALTERED PERCEPTIONS to help raise funds for and awareness of mental illness. Dan lives in northern Utah with his wife, 6 children, and more than 400 boardgames.

Tour Schedule
Tour-Wide Giveaway
Hardcover set of the Mirador series (Bluescreen, Ones and Zeroes, & Active Memory) by Dan Wells & T-Shirt (T-Shirt is pictured above)
US only
Ends March 3rd

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