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Script Kiddie (Assured Destruction #2)

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  90 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Jan Rose no longer steals data from the old computers she recycles. She doesn't need to. As the newest member of the police department’s High Tech Crime Unit, the laptop of a murderer has landed on her desk. Her job: to profile and expose a killer.

But that’s not all.

A creep lurks in the shadows, stalking a friend, and Jan must stop him before the hunt turns deadly. The clo
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Published August 2013 by Smashwords Edition
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Sahana Reddy
Jul 28, 2013 Sahana Reddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really feel the need to thank Mr. Michael for graciously providing me with a copy of Script Kiddie. Ever since I got my hands on Assured Destruction I developed this extreme liking for Janus and her virtual world! I could not wait to know what she would be doing next or what new secrets she would unveil for me. Unlike other sequels I have read, Script Kiddie seems to top its own prequel and Mr. Michael takes it to the next level! If you are too lazy to read a long review, get this: this is a v ...more
I received a free copy of this e-book from the author. Though I didn't win it in the Goodreads Giveaway, Michael F. Stewart generously offered me a copy anyway.

I've heard many people claim that the second book in a series could never possibly amount to the sheer intensity of the first. Well, those people have obviously never discovered the Assured Destruction series. I honestly had to pry my e-reader from my fingers to get any sleep. If you've read the first book in this series and are looking
Mayur Kulkarni
Aug 04, 2013 Mayur Kulkarni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Superb Read !

I have read assured destruction & loved it, so naturally I was very excited to read this one & it didn't disappoint me at all on any level.

It's a quick read & grasping one too.
I found it very hard to put down & so ended up reading it in a single night. Some books are worth the reversal of bio-clock & this is definitely one of them.

It's about a young hacker, her troubles with authority (comes naturally when you say hacker) & her virtual world. Kudos to author

Yzabel Ginsberg
[I was sent a copy by the author, as part of my being approved by NetGalley to review book #3, in exchange for an honest opinion. While there was no condition involving writing a review for this one, I still decided to do it.]

I read Assured Destruction in 2013, and really liked it, though much to my shame, I failed to keep track of when the next installments were published. This second volume I found just as enjoyable as the first one, mainly for similar reasons. With each chapter, I wanted to
Sandra  Valente
Sep 29, 2013 Sandra Valente rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read, mystery, action, 2013, ya
eBook copy received in exchange for my honest review
I have read the first in the series, Assured Destruction. My review can be found HERE

I'm going to delve right into this one, but I'm going to try not make it as long-winded as I did with the first. [Edit: didn't work!]

To start off with, Michael F. Stewart continues to impress me, and because I loved the first book so much, Assured Destruction, I'm surprised I loved this one even more. It doesn't always happen that way for me. Things work either
Jan 12, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book, I liked it so much and was so taken by the overall plot that I went back and read the first book in the series. I am not really sure which book I prefer, but I am leaning toward the second mostly because I don’t particularly like books that can give youth ideas they have enough of their own, thank-you). I really enjoyed the way the author has taken something that we read about every day (i.e. hacking and identity thief) and turned it into something that is a really good ...more
Laura Greenwood
Aug 27, 2013 Laura Greenwood rated it really liked it
Blog tour and giveaway posted 2nd September on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live... - VISIT for blog tour and giveaway

Script Kiddie is the sequel to Assured Destruction (which I did read first but the review will be posted after). I received a copy of Script Kiddie in exchange for my honest review as part of a Tribute book tour.

After being given community service in the police department because of her crimes in Assured Destruction, Janus is charged with profiling a killer from a laptop she
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
This review was first posted on Northern Plunder, if you want to see more reviews please click here.

As mentioned I received all three books of the Assured Destruction series in exchange for an honest review as part of the book tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours, this will in no way effect my opinion of the book.

Ever worry about taking a break from a series and worrying about not remembering what happened?

Fear not, Script Kiddie picks up shortly after where Assured Destruction finished and if that
Dec 27, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like others who have reviewed this series, this is becoming one of my favorite YA series and Michael F Stewart is becoming one of my favorite authors.

I received a free e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a great little quick read. Again, the story is very fast-paced and the book is hard to put down - I'm glad I read this one over the holidays.

This is a fantastic story. Janus is working on completing her community service hours she received at the end of book 1. She
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

Like you could see from my review, which was posted yesterday, Assured Destruction is a series very appealing to me. Being in the world of coding and hacking is a true experience and while I did have some issues with Jan in the first book, Script Kiddiechanged some things.

After being pulled through hell and back Jan still feels consequences of everything that happened in Assured Destruction. She now has to balance her work for the police with school, busine
Jul 01, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was really excited when I received a message from the author asking if I'd like to read Script Kiddie. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of the series, Absolute Destruction and I was already routinely checking on the release date.

Script Kiddie did not disappoint me. Sticking with the same style as book 1, the author kept the plot moving quickly and I found it very hard to put it down. I still feel that Janus is a very re
Sep 04, 2013 Simone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is book 2 of the Assured Destruction series. In this sequel, we see that Janus is beginning her community service hours with the high tech crime unit. At first, they had her helping them with a bank security issue, but her mischievous ways of being “covert” quickly got her into trouble. Then the laptop of a murderer arrives on her desk, her job, this is more her speed. When she profiles and exposes who the laptop belongs ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Vonny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
This is the second book I've read in the Assured Destruction series, and both are going on my "favorite reads of 2013" list. Janus is a take charge kind of girl, and that leads her into all kinds of dangerous (and sometimes hilarious) situations. In the last book, she got in trouble for hacking into people's hard drives. This time, she's working for the cops, using her hacking abilities to help solve crimes. Of course, being Janus, she doesn't always follow the rules, and that gets her in even d ...more
When I was offered an e-copy of this book as a consolation prize in the GoodReads giveaway, I jumped at the chance! I really enjoyed the first book in the series and had already been looking forward to reading the second.

I did enjoy Script Kiddie more than the first book. Maybe it was because I was already acquainted with the characters. My only problem with it is that I wish it were much longer! :-)

I really did not want this one to end. I couldn't stop reading, to find out what trouble our prot
Ash Rowe
Nov 09, 2013 Ash Rowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a great YA book.
Shelves: favorites
This is becoming one of my favorite YA series and Michael F Stewart is becoming one of my favorite authors.

Poor Janus, she is doing her community service and that is not even going hundred percent well, her mom is getting worse, Peter is mysterious, Her relationship with Johnny is going down hill and Assured Destruction has its problems. Plus she has to put a profile of a killer together from what is on his laptop.
This book is a quick wonderful read. The story moves along smoothly and keeps you
Jan 25, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is full of action and you find yourself engrossed from the very beginning. The storyline is well developed and the characters are well written. Janis has a full plate and you feel yourself cheering her on. As far as this being the second book it the series it is a standalone novel that is better than the first. You can see the author has grown between books. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
Elnora Romness
Sep 28, 2013 Elnora Romness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's my full review:

Suffice to say, I absolutely adored this book!
Tsana Dolichva
Apr 16, 2014 Tsana Dolichva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Script Kiddie by Michael F Stewart is the second book in the Assured Destruction trilogy. You can read my review of the first book here. This review contains spoilers for the first book, Assured Destruction, since the ending of that feeds into the set up of Script Kiddie.

Where the first book was about Jan doing some questionable things and then being "punished" for it by the bad guy, Script Kiddie is about Jan trying to hold everything together while trying to prevent bad stuff from happening. A
Nikki  King
A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

*This review can also be found on my blog Love at First Write*

Janus Rose is still up to no good in book two haha. She is now working on the side of good though. She is the newest member of the police department’s High Tech Crime Unit, where she’ll serve out her sentence of public service (from stealing data from old computers in book one). To evaluate Janus’s skills, she is given the laptop of a murderer and has t
I'd like to thank the author for providing me with a free copy of Script Kiddie to read and review!

After reading Assured Destruction, I was eager to read the follow-up, Script Kiddie. The first book ended with the promise of Janus embarking on some high-tech police adventures. Well....not so much. While Janus does indeed get to work on a case, she ends up doing not-so-great at it and getting thrown off. But of course she doesn't let that stop her.

In addition to that case, she also has another c
Sep 13, 2013 Lissette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since her duplicity at Assured Destruction was discovered, Janus has had to put up with a lot of things. Her classmates continue to jeer at her, her life at home has changed consistently, and she now has to serve her community service sentence. All in all, she'd say everything was hunky-dory, but in true retrospect, she knows it's not.

Janus knows she has no choice but to follow through with her sentence. If she's to succeed in putting everything behind her, she has to, but that doesn't mean
Janus drives me crazy. Despite the consequences to her actions from book #1 (namely, the 2,000 hours of community service she's ordered to perform), she continues to make poor decisions, many of which are, again, illegal. She also continues attempting to justify her illegal actions (it's to catch a bad guy, it's to stop something worse from happening, etc.). She doesn't seem to have learned much of anything from her first go-round tangling with her mom, the authorities at her school, and the leg ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Gunnar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, kindle-lendable
This time, the sequel's equal and in some ways, even better. Another YA-teen full length novel about real life and virtual life, and the interesting ways those supposedly separate entities can overlap. I read this sequel before the first novel (Assured Destruction), but it doesn't matter. Both can stand alone and both are excellent.

Understand, I hate books written in present tense. If I find I've accidentally downloaded one, it's deleted. I just don't like them. This book had me wrapped up in th
Sarah Briggs
Aug 30, 2013 Sarah Briggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(This review may contain spoilers).

I quite liked this sequel to Assured Destruction. It was nice to see Janus and the other characters again, though this wasn't quite what I was expecting from reading the blurb.

I liked the glimpses of Janus' other sides that came from her tweets from Shadownet. Some of those made me smile. I think I'd almost like to explore other aspects of my personality in a similar way - though I think Shadownet's existence is something indicating how fractured Janus is.

My kn
Jamie White
Sep 25, 2013 Jamie White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NOTE: I received a free copy in order to catch up on the series before reviewing book #2 for a blog tour, with no expectation of a favorable review.

I probably should preface this with a disclaimer--I am in no way a tech geek, so I am not even going to pretend to know whether or not some of the tech aspects that come into play in this series are realistic or not. I would be whatever is far below the "script kiddie" level. :)

This book, the second in the Assured Destruction series, finds Janus de
Aug 12, 2013 Star rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janus Rose has school, work, a boyfriend, a very sick mother, and 2000 hours of community service. She’s serving her time as a civilian member of the High Tech Crime Unit. She’s working on tracking down how people’s account information is being stolen. In addition, a girl from school has approached her for help with a stalker. Janus has hard work and hard decisions ahead, but she’s a lot stronger than she thinks. ‘Assured Destruction: Script Kiddie’ brings us back to Jan Rose’s world. She’s a sm ...more
Kay Bolton
I was very kindly sent a copy of the second book in Michael's Assured Destruction Series in return for an honest Review (a fuller version can be found on my Blog Post #402 in December 2013).

I was pleased to see that this second book kept up the same high quality of writing, in particular the characterisation and plot pace were done really well. Jan's character has more added depth and texture, which is pleasing - girl power is always a good read!

I am still worried about Peter, and fear that he w
Mar 31, 2014 Marla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I found this a very enjoyable book. I did not read the first one as I was contacted by the author who asked if I would read this book and give my honest opinion. I devoured this in less than a day. I really liked Janus and felt for her situation. She is a very smart 16-year-old who is just trying to survive. Her Mom has MS and their business Assured Destruction has been struggling since her Dad left them. This book was very descriptive, I felt sucked into the storyline and the story. Not sure th ...more
Movies, Shows,
May 09, 2014 Movies, Shows, rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***I received a free copy for an honest review***

The beginning of Script Kiddie continues right after book one, Assured Destruction, Jan is given a chance to change and use her talents to help others. In the first few chapters also gives a brief recap of the events in the first book that led up to this second installment of the series. But, trouble seems to follow Jan no matter what she does. Although her heart is in the right place, trouble just seems to follow her.

I definitely enjoyed this sec
Apr 02, 2014 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Script Kiddie by Michael F. Stewart

I found Script Kiddie to be an interesting book. I particularly liked the way Stewart develops our young main character, Janus. I suspect teens could easily identify with her. She was sincere, yet misunderstood. She had tremendous pressure for a young person with a sick mom, an absentee dad and serious financial woes. Her responses to these were refreshingly real. We see her succeed in areas and fail in others. We see her mess up but then see her make efforts t
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Michael F. Stewart is the winner of the 2015 Claymore Award and author of the Assured Destruction Series (a Foreword Book of the Year Honorable Mention, Library Journal's Best Self Published Book 2015: runner-up, semifinalist in the 2014 Kindle Book Awards, and winner of The Creation of Stories: Best YA Award at the Toronto International Book Fair).

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