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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  200 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Ani Lee is a skilled hacker researching a strange .wav file that she’s downloaded when it behaves as no file ever should.

Joe Dyson is a seventeen-year-old American transplant recruited into secret teen division of the British intelligence service who’s looking into the disappearance of a friend caught up in an underground music scene that might be more tha
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Sky Pony Press
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Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

DNF @ 18%

So this one started off pretty strong and the premise was really interesting but I just wasn't feeling it. It's been a little off for me since we met Joe because I don't buy that there is a "teen" division to the police and they would give him that much freedom to question people, etc. I almost feel this would be better as a crossover novel with a teenage hacker and an adult cop trying to solve the case together
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My original Dotwav audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Now here’s the first book I’ve ever heard which has struck me as a good recommendation for fans of Anthony Horowitz’ ‘Alex Rider’ series (That series was one of the literary highlights of my teen years). As long as you can suspend your disbelief long enough to believe that the British MOD is hiring teenagers to act as spies, this book really works.

In this story, teenagers begin behaving oddly after listening t
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Massive plot spoiler: (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to Sky Pony Press for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

Ani is hacker that receives a .wav file that doesn't act like any file she has ever seen. As she begins looking into it leads her places she didn't thing it would. When she takes it to friends they haven't seen it before, and when her uncle looks at he can't hear anything at all, which makes her think that it is geared towards kids and she worries about what that could mean.

Joe is working for a British intelligence
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
This started out pretty good--it dives right into the action and we have two teenage MC who are interesting and unique and fit right into a sci-fi story.

Unfortunately, the story just gets more and more convoluted--and more and more outlandish--by the end. Now, don't get me wrong--I love me some crazy, out-of-the-norm sci-fi. But in order for me to really enjoy that sci-fi, there also has to be enough actual science and explanation to make things seem that there'a a SLIVER or possibility it could
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was totally not expecting the story to go the way it did! Loved it once the two characters connected. Highly recommend for fans of EC Myers!
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, sci-fi
Not quite as good as Human.4, a book that has stayed with me for years. That being said, I liked the concept of this book: it was fresh, interesting, and a great gender-neutral read (I think boys and girls would like it). I liked the main characters, especially Joe--he was a badass, and that's always a cool trait for characters in my opinion. I liked that this passed the Bechdel test between Ani and Gretchen and also had no love story at all. Having a male and female lead, that was a pretty big ...more
I thought I knew where this was going and then it got really wild. Full review to come!
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It was amazing. Extraordinary. I don't know the words. It is my best book ever read by far. You will probably never read any book like this. It's thrilling and you'll just have to read and see. ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
The book Dotwav is a very good book. It is about to kids who are hackers and one of them hacks and audio file, but it is different. As the book goes on it turns into an action filled adventure. This book was hard to get into for me, but soon it became more of a page turner. To me the characters were a little exaggerated, like they were doing things that kids their age in real life would not be doing or even know how to do. It kept me reading because I was always wanting to find out how the curre ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Dotwav by Mike A. Lancaster, 435 pgs. Sky Pony Press, 2016. $17.99

Language: PG (4 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG



Ani has a secret file that her online buddy shared with her before both he and Ani started being tracked down by men in suits. Joe is being brought back on a case for the secret agency he works for, struggling to let go of his last mission failure, to find a friend who has gone missing. To solve these mysteries
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
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American Mensa
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dotwav, also known as .wav, is a format that stores audio. The format of this book stores both deeper things and nothing deeper. One finds .wavs in the modern era, just like this book. This book’s “dotwavs”, however, live in an exhilerating science-fiction modern world, involving intriguing dangers and technologies that could very well already exist. Joe Dyson (teen agent) and Ani Lee (teen hacker) cross paths, they work to unfold a baffling mystery that confounds our heroes at every turn - incl ...more
Carro Herdegen
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: PG (4 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG
Ani has a secret file that her online buddy shared with her before both he and Ani started being tracked down by men in suits. Joe is being brought back on a case for the secret agency he works for, struggling to let go of his last mission failure, to find a friend who has gone missing. To solve these mysteries, Ani and Joe will have to work together and suspend their beliefs of what is and is not impossible.
Ani and Joe’s story is a
Carlye Krul
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have never read a book like dotwav.

I can't think of any other sci-fi book that is like this book. I love the characters and their reactions. I barely read books where there is a boy and girl working together who don't fall in love.

There are a few things that are left unexplained and hanging. Like when the 3 teenagers are talking in a prophetic way about the end of the world, nothing became of that. Even though we know why they are saying that, there's no real explanation. You'll know what I me
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

The ideas the author has are so creative and unique. I've never read anything likes this. A huge plus for me was the nerdy references that actually made sense (not just thrown in to add appeal). It was very refreshing to have a book that focused almost completely on the story and didn't have any stupid romances. Normally when the end of the world is coming, you don't worry so much about finding your next love (not a spoiler, just in a lot of si fi/dystopian novels). Also, the c
Emily Lynne
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review. My sincerest apologies - I misplaced the book soon after receiving it (the chaos of moving houses!) and recently rediscovered it.

This was such an action-packed, genre-blending YA read and I must say I was very pleasantly surprised with how easily it hooked me in! The best way of describing Dotwav is by comparing it to other pop culture references as follows:
-Black Mirror (YA version)
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Joe Dyson is a teen agent who suffered the loss of his partner on his last mission. He's not been back since that is until a friend of his disappeared.

Ani Lee is a hacker with a heart of gold. A hacker friend of hers sends her a file. A file that has both hackers on the run.

How does a simple .wave file connect the two?

This story is a fun light quick read. The plot was interesting and I have always had a thing for teen spies. This is a good read for anyone that was into anything like Alex Rider.
M.T. DeSantis
This book was a bit like candy for me. I just enjoyed the taste without thinking too much about what I was eating. Some implausable turns, some giant leaps in logic that, if stared at too closely, may not quite work. But I was having too much fun to stop and do any real examining. Maybe closer to 3.5 stars, but I rounded up for the fun factor. Add in the two teen protagonists dealing with some real tough issues in their pasts, and this had me hooked.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put it down. Characters you want to root for, interesting premise, fast-paced action. Dig it! ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I can see why it would be enjoyable for people who are into this sort of thing, but it wasn't for me. ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
YA sci-fi fans should give this one a try, especially the ones who like technology!
May 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
It was an intriguing premise that never was never really developed. The author took the plot to strange and almost bizarre places. The ending was ridiculous.
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I think Mike Lancaster did a great job at creating interesting and engaging characters. the plot was also very creative and gripping.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, wonderful

That was so much fun. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi. The loved the relationship and interactions between Ani and Joe. I am so looking forward to next book in Oct.
Tessa P 5
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sage Knightly
3.5 stars

Dotwav is a thrilling, fast paced tale full of politics, friendships, and saving the world. In it, we follow two teenage characters caught up in a political plot to change the very workings of the world. Joe and Ani inevitably meet each other and put together their resources to figure out what is going on, why, and how to stop it. Unfortunately, the bad guy they're up against is not human, and is also controlled by someone big and powerful. This is a journey full of fear, action, adren
S. Thomas
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
We’ve all heard about subliminal messages in music, but Dotwav launches on the premise that aliens are music. What an original concept!

I received an audiobook ARC for Dotwav and enjoyed this spy thriller with audio aliens while performing mindless sales lead sorting through dusty old files on carbon paper from the 1970s. I thought the workload threatened to brainwash, especially since Joe and Ani, our protagonists, faced brainwashing themselves.

Joe is part of a UK teen secret agency called YETI
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading Dotwav. It was quick, fast-paced, and a truly inventive science-fiction book. I flew through the story, it wasn't perfect but it was still very enjoyable.

The writing style itself was compelling. It kept me hooked and entranced in the plot. It was super descriptive (perhaps too much so during some gross/violent scenes). It really put you into the scene.

The characters were likable. Joe & Ani were both complicated characters with their own baggage. However, at times they acted more
3 stars.

So, this story is one of the most interesting that I've ever read, and in a lot of ways, I'm really glad I picked it up. The summary is (sort of) pretty spot on--Ani is a hacker who crosses paths with Joe, a secret agent, in their quest to get to the bottom of what a mysterious .wav file means. There's mystery and adventure and a smorgasbord for sci-fi lovers. It wasn't too hard to follow along with, and despite the unrealisticness of the characters, especially Joe, having jobs above wha
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