Kari is a freelance hacker, taking jobs from clients to design anything from art to security software. In a world where 3D printers, drones, and computers connect directly to the brain, Kari finds keeping her expert programing skills secret while trying to finish high school almost impossible. With the threat of the second Civil War looming, Kari must decide how far she wi...more
Kari is way smarter than your average bear. At seventeen, she hides her brilliance at school by day and freelances on the net at night. Her products? Anything she can imagine, write the code for, and create on three-D printers.
Her parents don’t have any idea what she can do or what she can create. Kari hides her talents away in this dystopian mechanized world where only three types of jobs exist and her skill set is out of the box.
The budding civil war was the novel's central conflict and was able to drive the story forward at an appropriate pace. I also appreciated that the love interest subplot was present, but not prominent. Too many books o ...more
Freelancer is Lingwall's debut novel, an impressive feat in the YA arena, especially considering his fresh take on the future. Kari is a brilliant programmer who finds herself on the wrong side of the law as the United States are in the process of dividing. Lingwall's writing is definitely on the lighter side, thematically, of where I typically like my literature (dark and dreary) but he accomplishes everything he aims to in this debut ...more
‘Freelancer’ is difficult to get into at the beginning - bogged down with technical details and simulations instead of getting on with (and setting up) the story. Lingwall missed a proper introduction to the novel and jumped right into the middle part.
The protagonist, Kari, is hard to relate to and her motives diffi ...more
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Now, back to the point. Simply put, this book was interesting. In the kindle version I read, since it features an African American girl and coupled with the synopsis I thought it would be a good read. And it was. It's set in the future, hundreds of years as the main character always reiterates and it's a good futuristic view that is painted. It's light and a fast read ...more
What I liked about it:
*Interesting world-building. The usual dystopian world I read about lately is uncivilized and non-technological. This is the opposite. I like the futuristic feel.
*Vivid descriptions. I could easily picture out the simulations being described as if I am watching a movie.
*The cool gadgetry. Especially the mind chip! I want to have one. It would be awesome to hold whatever your mind could think of. Writing a novel would be a blas ...more
Unlike everything on Nickelodeon, parents aren't fodder for canned laughter. Lingwall takes norm ...more
I liked the main character a lot. She is kind of a loner, and at first she seems like a wuss, I was kind of mad at her that she wasn't fighting back, but once she decided to fight, what a fight!
I really recomend this book, is for everyone, but if you have an IT background like me, you will like it ev ...more
I loved this book! Took me all of two days to finish it - a very hard book to put down. Jake Lingwall's storytelling skills and creativity are very impressive. I love that it has a female protagonist who becomes so invested in doing the right thing when it matters most. Kari Tahe is the hero we all should be. Also compelling is Lingwall's view of the future, and the technology that exists and its effect on the world.
I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, engros ...more
Now, when I first started reading this I found myself being fairly critical of the writing st ...more
Lingwall outlines an interesting universe concept but is unable to make realistic characters to hold together an overarching plot. He's writing a character reacting to a civil war and the readers aren't given any space to understand what the fight is about it even which states are specifically involved. All of the characters seem pretty stock , and Kari doesn't seem to have any reason to do what she does especially closer ...more
I greatly appreciated t ...more
The story didn't really pick up until halfway throw, but when it did, the plot started to show good potential and eventually it just got better and better.
Although not groundbreaking, Freelancer is a very interesting sci-fi story set in a future United States on the brink of a second civil war. The main character is a seventeen year old super-smart freelancer who produces high-tech hardware for different clients. She has a knack for drones, a ...more
But around the 33% mark, things finally begin to heat up, and from there, things are action-packed and/or stress-inducing, making for a decent story.
If you like futuristic, SciFi, dystopian YA stories, and can make it past the blah beginning, you'll enjoy the rest of the story.
I was p ...more
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In the future, everyone has computer chips in their brain to access the net, as well as ...more
The imaginative technology advancements were definitely captivating, the economic system was interesting, the schooling system was interesting. It is definitely a book that makes you think, speculate.
I personally think that the author spent a little too much time describing the technology and how it works. The first 6 or so chapters had little else. I think that time could have been better used in character and relationship development or political development.