Reader: Simon D-S
Author: Mike A Lancaster
Pub Date: 11/24/15
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book had some semi-realistic teen characters, interesting and different plot, and some technology problems. The teen characters in this book are semi-believable and realistic, with one of them having an anger management issue, which is a real thing that happens. The reason I include "semi" is because he has this problem essentially go away because of this weird brain chip which I will talk about later. The plot is kind of unrealistic, with one of the main characters having a hacker/musician uncle and that uncle having a friend who has something like a photographic memory and a huge library. (I want that library.) The plot has good pacing however, allowing for a good read. Where the book has its most interesting issue is with technology. The author has the agency that one of the characters works for just give him this little brain chip that allows him to a) get rid of his anger management issue and b) just be a pro at everything. This got a little stupid at times, as the character would be like "Accessing kung fu files...." and I was like "no."
Memorable or Forgettable: The idea of the different sound waves was really cool and the author used it well. I will probably remember this book for its straight up trippy ending. You are totally just putting the book down and going "Whaaaaaaaa....?" I went to bed questioning my sanity the night I finished reading it.
Cover: The sound wave image is pretty cool. It also pulls off the effect of going through the ears.
Age Range: 14 through 17
Quality: 3Q - Readable
Popularity: 4P - Broad general teen appeal
tags: science fiction / techno-thriller / ya lit