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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,338 ratings  ·  468 reviews
Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. One of those connections 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 ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Balzer & Bray
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George Maybe you're not being disingenuous, Chris. But it sure looks like it.

The harmful element of Bluescreen is in fact a virus that its users by their own…more
Maybe you're not being disingenuous, Chris. But it sure looks like it.

The harmful element of Bluescreen is in fact a virus that its users by their own actions give their djinnis, willingly or not. It works directly on their neurons via programming, not via ingested chemicals making their way through the bloodstream, like all present-day drugs. Hence, the meaning of "non-chemical" is perfectly clear in context.

As for your last point: While there certainly is a fear of "chemicals" out there, caused by the number of pollutants and other poisons that are manmade chemicals--which is what people mean by the term, as you certainly know despite pretending naïveté--it's hardly sudden.

P.S. I assume you've seen the fake scare materials on dihydrogen monoxide? Some of them are fairly funny.(less)

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Miranda Reads
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Your parents can't tell you to get off the computer if the computer is in your head
Play Crazy!
Marisa and her best friends are the Cherry Dogs - an all-girl group of virtual reality gamers mostly based in Mirador, a suburb of LA.

The Cherry Dogs aren't the best but they are moving up the ranks fast. They connect to the net via a djinni - a computer with direct access to their brain.

The djinni lets them access everything - from low level hacking to the most realistic VR games. Anja - one
Eric Allen
Feb 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, this is Dan Wells' worst book by far. It lacks the compelling or even likable characters of his other two series, the good plotting, well conceived mysteries, and original plots. I had a really, REALLY hard time even getting past the first chapter because all the characters are vapid walking examples of everything I hate about gaming and internet culture. I mean, really, live streaming your entire life... who gives a crap? The fact that people actually do give enough of a crap to ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“It bluescreens you,” said Anja, shooting Omar from his chaise and sitting down in his spot. “An overwhelming sensory rush, an unbelievable high, and then boom. Crash to desktop. Your Djinni goes down and takes your brain with it for, like, ten minutes. It’s the best.”

This is the second time I’ve read this book, and I have to say that I understood it a lot better the second time.

Marisa was a str
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

I didn’t really enjoy this book, and I found it quite disappointing compared to Partials.

This book was about a group of teens in a world in which they had computers in their heads? And they had to plug them in, and played games in a virtual world. And then there was all this stuff about a drug called ‘bluescreen’ which caused people to collapse and fall unconscious, and then
Wow, good job, Mr. Wells.

In the not-that-distant future, everybody has the equivalent of smart phones in their brains. A new digital drug gives people a high by overloading this system -- no physical side effects; totally safe, right? Marisa doesn't trust it from the start, and her investigation uncovers something really sinister.

The world felt real and complete; it was detailed and believable. Marisa has two brothers and two sisters, parents, school, online friends and offline friends. Every as
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Set in a very futuristic Los Angeles that is all too realistic and believable, this novel is nonstop cyber action that will leave you breathless and in need of more.

In a world run by robots and the cyber world filled with holograms, advanced AI intelligence, and digital chips and enhancers, this newest series from author Dan Wells is sure to please gamers and lovers of fantasy alike. With a world that is more than likely to be in our not too distant future this series was fast paced, action driv
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

I would have given this a 3.5 so naturally I rounded it up. The technology and the world were pretty amazing. Amazing and terrifying because this is a world where I would be scared to live in. There is no way I would want to plug in through my skull like in The Matrix. Having a chip embedded in my brain so I can have access to the Internet? No thank you! And that's not even crossing the line, because as you
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whoa. If nothing else, Bluescreen is an ambitious novel. Wells somehow manages to combine futuristic sci-fi technology, gaming, hackers, with Mexican cartels, recreational drugs and questions about the ethics of automation and displaced workers. Sounds like one heck of a story? It is.

The heroine Marisa is a 2nd generation Mexican American living in an L.A. that has sprawled all the way to Tijuana, past the Mexican border. A semi-pro gamer, and brilliant hacker, Mari’s world is upended when Anja,
Ashley Marie
Jan 23, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
Feeling a bit disappointed. It's not that nothing happened in the first fifty pages, it's just that I didn't care. The whole plug-yourself-into-the-internet thing is cool, but the constant vlogging? And blinking can do SO MUCH. Like, how does it know if I want to close my email or if I just have to blink?? Weird. Not quite for me, unfortunately. Wanted to love it for the diverse cast, but alas. ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This book is painfully bad, and I say that as someone who loves sci-fi and enjoyed Dan's other books. I couldn't even force myself to get past the 50% mark, it was just SO terrible. Here's why:

1) The main character reads like a caricature of a Mexican girl. Imagine if a straight white guy who has only seen Mexican people in movies and TV shows wrote a book with every stereotype and random Spanish word he heard, but didn't bother to get a REAL Mexican reader or two to make sure he wasn't being of
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
YES! YES! YES! New Dan Wells book! I need it! I don't even care what's it about! Just give it to me!

I'm so glad Dan Wells is back with a new series/trilogy(?). I've missed his books, his incredible world-building and diversity.

Bluescreen is an interesting take on the future which is quite possible since everyone's obsessed with technology, including myself. Life without wifi is boring.

I think the story itself was entertaining from the get-go, the only problem I had with the book were the char
Tanja (Tanychy)
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
You didn't have to ruin my ship, Dan Wells. We've just met, dude.
Anyhow this book is all kinds of scary. Even though I really want to know how the future will look like with all the technology, maybe it's better living now.
"Cherry Dogs Forever!"

Book Title: Bluescreen
Author: Dan Wells
Narration: Roxanne Hernandez
Source: Audiobook (Library)

Uhmmm…I don't really know, it's the battle cry of Marissa's online gaming team. Sadly, this book didn't inspire me to look further than that. Actually the gaming aspect of this really bored me.


Plot: 3.5/5 --It was good concept, so-so execution. This book moved at a breakneck speed, with a lot of techy talk, but left me feeling meh.
Characters: 3/5 –While they were a very diverse cas
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
Sep 15, 2015 marked it as shelved-to-make-witty-remark
"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."

This is euphoric? Blue screens of death are the worst.

Updated thoughts Jan 19/16: what if the eBook featured a book cover screen that was GIF and displayed a BSOD. That'd be hilarious LOL.

(I still want to read it though)
Udy Kumra
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-fiction
4.5 stars

This book was really good. The first half was good on its own, but I was a bit curious about how intense the stakes would get. Without spoilers, let's just say they get intense.

The characters, as always in a Dan Wells book, were the best part. As this is a thriller that takes place over a very short amount of time, there isn't really space in the book for a complete character arc, but what interests me is that this book didn't really need a complete character arc. Marisa Carneseca is an
★MC's Corner★
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Well, if I compare it to Partials, which is btw one of my all time fave series. I have to say Bluescreen was a bit disappointing, only if I compare them.
But honestly, I liked it. It’s a good concept and the ‘think forward/ futuristic’ was waaay forward. It’s like the ‘future’ we think/on movies on steroids.

James Dashner’s Eye of Minds meets Alex London’s Proxy. And the dauntless simulation part of Veronica Roth’s Divergent

*MC’s Corner*
Note: Spoilers.

• The Cover is so cool!
At first I reall
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Prose-wise, this is a bit clunky, but I absolutely do not care because it's tons of fun. Tonnes of fun. Internet! Silly hacking! Little sisters! Lots of languages! Gang war shoot outs that are so intense that they become fun again! Weaponized spam filters! They hack a car, convince it it's a VR headset, and use it as a battering ram! ...more
Things I really liked:
- lots of ethnic / cultural / racial / linguistic diversity (Mexican, Black, Chinese, German, Russian, Indian, and probably others I'm forgetting; I was actually mistakenly imagining a character who was German as brown for the first part of the book)
- girls who kick ass and code
- girls who are tech savvy versus one of their boyfriends being hot but a dunce about tech--what a great reversal of that trope
- great pacing and fun plot twists (probably detectable to other readers
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SERIOUSLY interesting concept!! As a computer nerd I just loved the entire idea. It was so cool to think about.

I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because I felt like it fizzled near the end. Don't get me wrong, it was totally ACTION PACKED, but I feel like my interest in the whole thing waned a little. Maybe it was a "me" problem rather than a book problem, if you know what I mean.
Bluescreen is clearly a spiritual successor to the cyberpunk of the 80s, but influenced by modern trends in tech and society.

Marissa and her friends are tech savvy teens. They play online games, skip school, and go to clubs. Their biggest worries are pocket-money, relationships, and placing well in an amateur e-sports tournament.

Until their affluent friend Anya tries Bluescreen, a digital "drug" that causes a rush by overloading your implanted computer's sensory interface. It's *not* supposed to
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars: An exciting, fast paced read with plenty of twists, but the world building lacked detail.

Marissa high fives her friends in the virtual world after their latest online gaming victory. Then it is time to return to the read world to face school. Marissa lives in Los Angeles in the year 2050. LA is a sprawling metropolis, bigger than some of the smallest states. Life here is tough, as there are gangs, crime and drugs. For Marissa, life is all about being connected to the vir
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I want to thank Harper Teen for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

This is my first Dan Wells book. I've seen his name around. And I've seen people really like his stuff. And I'm all about Sci-fi. So I was excited to give this one a try. And it did not disappoint.

The first thing I will point out is how much I loved Wells' writing style. It was fast paced and fun. I never for a moment fel
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
2.5/5 Stars

Marisa Carneseca—like everyone else in her time—lives on the internet, where she does everything including going to school, meeting up with her friends, and playing video games. This is all made possible thanks to a smart device implanted in a person's brain—a djinni. When a virtual drug called Bluescreen suddenly begins to spread a terrible virus that puts thousands of lives in danger, Marisa and her friends are determined to put a stop to it.

I enjoyed reading Bluescreen, and I loved
Tamara Nelson-Fromm
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: virtual-reality, arc
Real rating: 3.5 stars

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Some of my very favorite themes to read about in science fiction are virtual reality gaming and people having computer - like neural implants. Bluescreen by Dan Wells had both of these things as elements of the plot, and I feel like they were executed very well. While they were both familiar things that I like to read about, this book also managed to put a different spin on them and make them fresh and
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

Oh my god, this book was slow as shit. As in, painfully slow. Watching paint dry would be more exciting I’m afraid. I made it through 110 pages, and I had to finally come to terms with the fact that this book is just not for me. Which is sad, because I looooved Partials. LOVED it. I was really looking forward to this one.

There was little to nothing happening. Actually, in those 110 pages, it feels like nothing did happen. There was WAY too much mundane stuff…like seriously, I don’t care what
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
I was thoroughly confused for a few chapters and then the book started growing on me and I did end up enjoying it. I thought there were way too many supporting characters, but I didn't get them mixed up which is good. The future technology was super neat to read about. I do however hope that the world never turns up like it does in BLUESCREEN.

I thought BLUESCREEN was a good start to Dan Well's new series. If readers can get past the confusion in the beginning I think they will have no problem w
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is like early Neal Stephenson, with a dash of Ray Bradbury thrown in.

So, you know, amazing.

And as usual, Dan has managed to write fully fleshed characters, unique without being laboriously quirky. I loved Marisa, and that she liked to dress up and go clubbing and hook up with handsome boys and then never call them again. Oh, and she's also an expert hacker. Oh, and she waitresses at her family's restaurant sometimes. So, you know, she's like a real person. As are her friends and neighbors.
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really not as good as Partials, but still really exciting. Although it did border on a little implausible at times.
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I have been consistently disappointed by YA cyberpunk. Perhaps just the cyberpunk genre in general. I love the genre so so much, but writers consistently get stuck on the lowest common denominators of the genre.
The second half of this book was a lot better for me than the first. I'm not a natural fan of YA, so a lot of the elements I disliked just because of that. Some things felt a bit "icky" to me, and some things were a bit too predictable or cliche. I think one of my biggest issues with th
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
We, as a society, have this fascination with the thought that someday, we will be glued to our computer/tablets/Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This theory is so popular that it seems to be the newest trend in science fiction.

Not that it is new, but just like Hunger Games style writing, the science fiction world is now obsessed with a dystopian world where everyone lives and breathes in a virtual reality world, as opposed to getting up and living in the real world. Bluescreen, the first
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Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins), the John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don't Want To Kill You), and a few others (The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc). He was a Campbell nomine for best new w ...more

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