"A high-tech Da Vinci Code."
Gold Medal Winner of the 2016 Operation Thriller Competition. Haylie Black is a 17-year-old hacker with a chip on her shoulder. When her brother vanishes trying to solve a legendary internet puzzle, Haylie knows that she's the only one who can track him down. As she begins to reveal the mysteries behind each clue, she's pulled deeper and deeper
Crash Alive is a story about an amateur high school hacker who seems to get in over her head once she realizes that her brother has been trying to solve a seemingly unsolvable internet puzzle. What comes next will lead Haylie on a high-stakes adventure and uncover a sinister plot.
The narration for Crash Alive was done by Amanda Dolan who is perfect. I read a short interview on Kerns' website with her and I can definitely see why he picked her. It just worked perfectly. ...more
This book was pretty good. The pacing was great, it introduced interesting characters that I wanted to know more about. Except Ceasar, who I thought was pretty lame, being as his disappearance is the reason for the entire book, he's not a very likeable character, in my opinion.
The plot was brilliant - it was like a treasure hunt but with added stakes.
I had such a bad feeling about the Sterling brothers and their interactions ...more
Pros: Fast, often funny, with a smart and determined lead. Unusual scenario for a teen novel.
Cons: Alternation of teen and adult POV/adventuring and scheming makes the pace and tone a bit uneven. Requires some suspension of disbelief. Contains techno-stuff only a few can actually wrap their head around. (Then again, you don't really need to).
Will appeal to: Fans of technology and mystery with a big side of adventure and a huge ...more
As a female reader of a certain age (nearing 70 years old), who loves good thrillers and conspiracy novels, I really enjoyed this book. Though the heroine is a high schooler, this is not just for the YA audience. Haylie Black is a smart, independent Texas teen who knows her own mind and is a self-taught (with a little guidance from her older brother) hacker and tech wizard. In trying to solve an internet puzzle sent to her by her brother (now working in for a ...more
I was offered a free copy of this book in audio format by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Haylie Black is very smart teenage student which does not feel motivated by the daily routine at her highschool, so spends much time chatting with her friend Vector and hacking whatever she can just to feel challenged. Her older brother just vanishes one day while trying to resolve a famous internet puzzle called "Raven ...more
Plenty of others have provided a plot summary, so I won't reinvent that here. What I will share is that Crash Alive is well constructed and sustains a decent pace. One of its best features is that it's less predictable than your average action-thriller, and great care ...more
In a refreshing twist, she doesn't get waylaid by two equally hunky suitors or undergo some ugly duckling transformation, she's way too focused on applying her caffeine-fueled STEM skills to ...more
This novel was right up my alley. I love technology and while I cannot hack anything and dont know a fraction of what Haylie Black does, I loved reading about it all. Haylie is a lonely senior in high school who know computers, code, and all thing internet. When she is approached by two big tech company CEOs with the challenge to find her missing brother, things get interesting QUICK. Crash Alive is a thrilling adventure about how ...more
I loved the female protaganist, Haylie. She is young, sassy, and smart. Her personality mixed with the cool tech, mysterious secret societies, and a scavenger hunt makes for one exciting read. Buckle up, because this book will keep you on edge with every page you turn.
Thanks to Christopher Kerns for allowing me an ecopy to read and ...more
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Christopher Kerns is a lifelong nerd. He is the author of SIDE QUEST and the Haylie Black series (CRASH ALIVE and CRASH INTO PIECES.) He writes fiction about the intersection of interesting characters and technology, and what happens when the two collide.
He has over two decades of experience ...more