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Assured Destruction

(Assured Destruction #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  93 reviews
You can learn a lot about someone looking through their hard drive...

Sixteen-year-old Jan Rose knows that nothing is ever truly deleted. At least, not from the hard drives she scours to create the online identities she calls the Shadownet.

Hobby? Art form? Sad, pathetic plea to garner friendship, even virtually? Sure, Jan is guilty on all counts. Maybe she’s even addicted t
Paperback, 185 pages
Published March 22nd 2013 by Non Sequitur Press
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Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

We are all guilty of doing things we're not supposed to do.
Janus Rose, a computer genius knows that but doesn't know how and when to stop..why would she? if you we're given a chance to uncover anyone's secret and know him/her intimately through his/her hard drive..would you grab it? Well, Janus did..and that's when the fun and chaos started.

Janus, our girl is a kick-ass computer whiz, she's powerful with just a laptop and an
Sahana Reddy
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I would like to give a big THANK YOU to the very talented author of Assured destruction Mr. Michael F. Stewart for providing me with this amazing book in exchange for an honest review. I have to say, of all the books I have read to review, this has been the best.

To begin with the actual review, I have to say, I do not have a single complaint with the writing style, logic or the pace. (view spoiler)
Cora Tea Party Princess
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a sweet little read this was.

For one thing, Janus is such a refreshing and complex character. She's a computer-geek, who despite being super-smart is failing. She's obsessed with Shadownet, her creation, listening and responding to the clever voices she has created. This YA has the obligatory who-do-I-love triangle, but it's understandable and real (even if I think she goes for the wrong guy).

She's done wrong and she gets punished - in more ways than one. It was fantastic, the way the tale
♥ Unaeve ♥
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really loved the story and enjoyed it enormously, even it is a little bit out of my genre ,as i usually read only fantasy.
But i didn't feel the lack of magic or paranormal bits at all,because the overall feel of the atmosphere is very urban-fantasy-like : a very strong and kick ass heroine,a romance triangle (in a good way cause the girl isn't wining and rethinking all the time who to choose she is just questioning her self about her reactions to the boys),a unknown high-tech villain,an urban
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received this book through the group Shut Up & Read's Read it and Reap program. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an review.

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

First Impression: I really loved Jan and I had an instant attachment to her. She just has such a quirky personality that you can’t help but love. Also, I felt so bad for Johnny, because I really wanted him to be happy and with Jan. They would be so cute together. As for their relationship, you’ll have to read it to find out…

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Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially young adults and parents
Assured Destruction is about Jan, a 16-year-old girl who turns to computer hacking after her mom is wheelchair bound and her dad leaves. What she does with the hard drives she gets from her mom's business, and what she creates out of her brilliant mind, is amazing. I freaking love Jan. She rocks! However, this is more than just a smart teen who's hurting and bored. Jan represents teens who are addicted to Facebook, Twitter, online games, apps, texting, I Phones, etc. Assured Destruction is fun, ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
This book was awesome! It has a strong female lead character who is a really rad and talented hacker which happens i books, like never.

I also loved that it is written in this really cool way that incorporates a lot of social media talk. It made it feel really modern and accessible to young people.

It also has enough intricate computery stuff that I think readers who actually know about computers would feel engaged but is written about it a way that less hackerish readers like myself would not fee
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
First I want to thank the author Michael F Stewart for providing me a copy of his work for an honest and impartial review, second I want to say WOW! I just finished the last page of Assured Destruction and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! I’m not a big computer guru, but the author had me captivated from the get-go.

Assured Destruction…the name of a computer recycling company…also the meaning of completely erasing ones hard drive. Did you know there are special machines that just
Tia Bach
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 stars

Janus (Jan) Rose shoulders a lot of responsibility at the young age of sixteen. She not only takes care of her mother, who suffers from MS, but she spends many hours working at the family business... Assured Destruction, a computer recycling business.

When costumers come in with computers, Jan sees a wealth of possibility and creates her own world--Shadownet. There she creates caricatures of people she knows based on school experience and, when she's lucky enough to get her hand
June Luu
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!
Review originally posted on The Page Turners

This book was amazing! The characters were so well described that I got lost in this book quite a few times.

Michael did a great job at describing this world of technology and this main character that was brave, strong, cocky......basically, a sort of character that you wish was you. In this book, we are introduced to Janus (Jan for sort). She is a cocky sixteen-year-old that is obsessed in this world of computers and technology.

To be
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

Here is the thing. We all have some dream personalities we want to be and professions or things we want to learn so when you think about that one of mine is actually hacking. I have no idea why but I always wanted to learn that. I generally am good with technology and all that but hacking is a world I'd love to discover. So Assured Destruction always appealed to me and it was high time to get to it.

Like I said Jan is someone whose abilities I wish to have.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it

I received a free download of "Assured Destruction" by Michael F. Stewart, to read on my Kindle in exchange for my honest review.

Janus Rose, teenager and her mom run Assured Destruction, a computer recycling business.Together they operate a warehouse store, collecting a fee for the drop off of TV's, computers and electronics.Here Janus is responsible for deleting the hard drives, to prevent theft of confidential data, and recycle versus shredding of the computer.For Assured Destruction, they off
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Janus Rose is a brilliant computer wizard. She and her mom run Assured Destruction, a computer recycling business. What her mother doesn’t know is that she’s taken hard drives of some of her friends recycled computers and created her very own network called Shadownet. Suddenly, her real friends begin getting attacked online with information that could only be found on the computers sent in to be recycled. Janus stops at nothin ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Well Deserved 5 Stars
Assured Destruction by Michael F. Stewart completely exceeded my expectations! When I first read the synopsis I was intrigued by the whole concept. I mean a sixteen year old girl that knows more about computers than I will probably ever know in my whole life? How could that not be interesting?! Not only does this book have an interesting main character but it also has a great mystery that left me wanting to read more.

This novel is about a sixteen year old girl named Janus
Yzabel Ginsberg
(Book provided by the author through ReadIt & Reap 126 in the Shut Up & Read group, in exchange for an honest review.)

"Assured Destruction" is a story I enjoyed a lot, fast and easy to read. The first thing I liked was its heroine, Jan, who for a change isn't your typical "unpopular nerdy girl" (as too often seen in YA novels), but actually has real technical skills, and puts them to use. She's also flawed in more than one way, yet manages to learn from her mistakes—mistakes that could have dire
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, book-review
I want to thank the author, Michael Steward, for providing a free copy of this book for an honest review. Assured Destruction was a wonderfully executed story. It was full of adventure, mystery, with some romance thrown in. The plot progression built the right amount of mystery and suspense, which had me on the edge of my seat wanting to see what would happen next.

Our protagonist is a sixteen-year-old, Janus. Janus works for her mother at their family-owned company that destroys and recycles co
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original review here:

Assured Destruction is a story that follows a young girl named Jan. Janus and her mother run and live at their own store, a computer repair store named Assured Destruction. Jan is great with computers. She loves them so much that she has created her own family on computers with the hard drives she hasn't destroyed when she was supposed to. One day while at school, some bad things happen to
Kat (Why Read)
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

I love the idea of cyber lit. Futuristic cyber literature is even better. When I first read the synopsis of Assured Destruction I knew it would be a novel of interest to me. Surprisingly enough it’s more contemporary then in an Earth light years away. The social networks mentioned weren’t alien. Facebook, Twitter, and blog are popular now.

Jan isn’t your typical YA protagonist. She isn’t syrupy good and also isn’t despicably evil. Yeah she’s a hacker without ethics of proper computer recycling,
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
This review was first posted on Northern Plunder, if you want to see more reviews please click here.

I've been lucky enough to receive 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.

The opening to this book really hooked me, the introduction to Janus, her computer identities and her mum was great and as I was reading it on my kindle it also provided links to
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Janus “Jan” Rose is a very intelligent, yet introverted girl. I think some of the introversion comes from having a home life she’d rather not let anyone know about, especially the other kids at school, and a part-time job. Her mother is in a wheelchair and gets worn out easily, so Jan works the front desk of her family’s business, Assured Destruction, almost every day. Aside from being very smart (she is a better computer programmer than her computer teacher at school), she doesn’t apply herself ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sixteen-year-old Janus ‘Jan’ Rose and her mother own and operate Assured Destruction, a business that repairs/recycles or shreds your computer depending on what you need, out of their home.

They are barely managing to stay afloat. With her mother in a wheelchair from MS, Jan does all she can to help out. But being a typical computer savvy teenager, Jan has a secret. Spending long hours with the computers, Jan has created her own ‘computer family’ from the hard drives she has neglected to shred.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-read
I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair review.

This is a fantastic teen book! It is so nice to see a young female character whose life is not consumed by boys and dating! Jan is a strong character, and while she does not always make the best choices, who really does, especially when they are 16? When her mother was diagnosed with MS and her father left, Jan creates Shadownet, a series of online persona who are at the same time leftovers from old hard drives (which should have
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This is a full-length YA-teen novel about real life and virtual life. The story's a knockout, with the geek girl heroine more real than the kid next door, and if the plotline's a little far fetched, well, that's what fiction's all about, right? I actually read the sequel first, but it didn't matter; both books can stand alone and both are excellent.

Janus (cool name) lives with her mother (crippled with MS and confined to a wheelchair) in a warehouse, business below, offices converted to living s
Shelly Hammond
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is fun. If I had to describe it in one word, that’s what it would be. Fun. I really enjoyed reading this book from start to finish. Some books you seem to drag yourself through even if they’re good just because they have those parts that linger or some might read fast but leave parts out so that you want to scream at the book because it’s just not there, not this book. It starts out great, stays great in the middle, and continues that way until the end. It’s fun!

As per usual for my rev
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I received a free Kobo version of both this book, and the second book in the series (Script Kiddie) from the author after the Goodreads giveaway ended.

Assured Destruction is about Janus, a 16-year-old girl who is very tech savvy - she creates a whole universe of friends for herself after her mom is diagnosed with MS and her dad leaves. Jan represents teens who are addicted to Facebook, Twitter, online games, apps, texting, I Phones, etc. However, instead of posting ev
I won this ebook from a giveaway on another website.

Janus Rose is a high school girl that works at her mom's shop, Assured Destruction, that recycles and shreds used electronics. However, Janus doesn't always shred them and will sometimes dig through the hard drive looking for people's secrets. She will then use this information to create fake profiles of them on her secretive and private Shadownet network.

It starts off simple enough when Janus picks up a hard drive that a mother of one of her c
Kay Bolton

This book was recommended by me on my Blog as a Daily Selection of a free Kindle file on Amazon. You can find the whole of the blog post in respect of the review on my Blog under post #401 in December 2012.

I wasn't totally sure when I started reading this novella that it would be of interest, but happily I'm pleased to report that quality of writing and an interesting story line do wonders to engage a reader - which is exactly what this book provides.

The main protagonist, teenage computer wizz k
Mary M
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: an-pb, 2013
Normally, I don't want to say non - paranormal..., but ya I don't read non - paranormal books usually, but I was surprised to realize I really liked this book. I especially liked the plot, I thought it was creative and interesting, and I was not expecting the ending. (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved it. I love how its an insight to how we're all wrapped up with cyberspace. It's not just adults telling us that it's bad anymore. This book is proof.
I love the protagonist :) Jan is just kind of amazing and lovely. She's incredibly real and just- I don't know, she just has that special something, you know? This keeps you on your toes throughout the whole book, no dull moments guaranteed! You just jump into the action along with the character! The whole story is unique in its own way. Th
Gina's Library
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
This was a quick read and highly enjoyable.

Jan Rose is not your typical teenage girl, she is a computer genius. Jan helps her mom with the family business of destroying and recycling old computers. Jan has created her own online world from hard drive she was suppose to destroy.

The character of Jan really evolves as the book goes on. She starts out as a being bitter she has to help out her mom who is suffering from MS and the family business. In the end she realizes she needs to show her love fo
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