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Ones and Zeroes

(Mirador #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  718 ratings  ·  128 reviews
From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the second book in a dark, pulse-pounding sci-fi-noir series set in 2050 Los Angeles.

Overworld. It’s more than just the world’s most popular e-sport—for thousands of VR teams around the globe, Overworld is life. It means fame and fortune, or maybe it’s a ticket out
ebook, 416 pages
Published February 14th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
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This sequel to Bluescreen takes place all within a few days. The story was over before I knew it; the 400 pages flew by.

The Cherry Dogs get to compete in a tournament, so Fang and Jaya show up in person for the first time. I never quite understood all the rules of the game, but it didn’t matter. It’s basically a high-tech version of Capture the Flag. If you enjoyed reading about Quidditch games, these parts will also interest you.

At the same time, a giant megacorps is ruining the Mirador
Cherry Dogs forever!

This was an excellent, excellent heist story, combined with a sports story, combined with a timely meditation on urban decay, classism, and the perils of living in a corporate-controlled society.
So, you know, typical Dan Wells kiddie fare.

Also, some seriously snappy dialogue, more of these characters I adore, and an endless string of Your Mom jokes that I can't believe Dan wrote, and I can't believe I laughed at.

Eric Allen
Feb 14, 2017 added it
Shelves: newp
I love Dan Wells. His John Cleaver series is great. The Partials series is a pretty decent, and I think very underrated YA dystopian series. A Night of Blacker Darkness is probably one of the more clever dark comedies I've ever read, and Extreme Makeover was such a fun, over the top satire of the cosmetics industry. I even enjoyed Hollow City, even though it was written in present tense. However, I absolutely hated Bluescreen, the first Mirador book. It was boring, lazily written, had far too ...more
*Source* Edelweiss
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Ones and Zeroes is the second installment in author Dan Wells Mirador trilogy. It is a series that is set in 2050 Los Angeles. It is a world where 17-year old Marisa Carneseca lives in a neighborhood called Mirador with her parents, and siblings. Marisa, like the rest of this world, has a djinni super-computer implanted in her brain. They have access to unlimited technology and information. She is also a member of a
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this even more than the first book. Getting the whole team together was a good idea, and Wells' descriptions of their gameplay are way more compelling than I thought they would be. The ending seemed a little rushed without not quite enough difficult twists, but that's okay--it's a heist novel.
Jonathan Rader
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75-4 stars. I enjoyed reading this book. But I did not enjoy it quite as much as the first book, Bluescreen. I loved the idea of the cyber drug in Bluescreen and the crazy effects it had. This book has a lot to do with the VR game Overworld, huge corporations ruining the finances of the middle class, and hacking. The story was entertaining and even gripping in places, but not like the first book. Plus i felt we did not get enough character development. Still really enjoyed the book and looking ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely glorious series for the lovers of anything to do with computerised dystopian societies, and this one was also a highly believable one.

Both Bluescreen and Ones & Zeroes left me buzzing high on adrenaline with their fast-paced, riveting stories and fantastic characters.

In a strange twist when Marisa is trying to hack a major Internet provider to find Grendel, she gets mixed up with revolutionaries who are attempting to take the whole mega-corp down at the same time.

As it
Stacy Moll
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dan Wells has done it again, this series is a great as the Partials and one that I could read over and over. The world in the Mirador series is a scary one, almost everyone has a computer implanted in their head, and you can only imagine the issues that can come from such a set up. But like today, most of the young people think nothing about this being a part of their lives. Marisa and her team Cherry Dogs, live for the online game Overworld, hoping to make it to the pro's and a better life, ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super fun, fast action with lots of hacking and silliness too. Cute, fun, and high stakes.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While still a lot of fun, I didn't like it quite as much as the first one. Most of the plot deals with the characters playing Overworld, a virtual reality sport, in an international tournament. Overworld, while an interesting aspect, was not one of my favorite parts of the first book. I still think the sport itself needs a bit more explanation and fleshing-out. For instance, the power-ups and what they do are not usually described as well as the strategies used. Also, the new characters weren't ...more
It's rare for a sequel to surpass the first installment of a series - stop for a minute and see if anything other than The Empire Strikes Back comes to mind - but with Ones and Zeroes Dan Wells has done the near impossible and crafted a follow up that's not only true to the characters we met in the original novel but even more tightly crafted and fast paced.

Part of that is the complexity of the set-up itself. The opening section of Bluescreen was spent establishing our fantastically diverse
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Everything I enjoyed about the first one (YA Cyperpunk, Overworld, cute dialogue, clever characters being clever), with less of what I didn't care for (family drama and romance). Although for an elaborate heist, it didn't quite feel heist-y enough at the end. Still, I can't wait for the next.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More delightful scifi suspense and gaming with a good twist at the end; wish there was more of this series! 4.5 stars
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the second installment of the Mirador series. Ones and Zeroes brings us more info about each of the Cherry Dogs and their adventures. Also why not take on a megacorp trying to strangle a utility that has become a absolute necessity?
Dan Well's found a clever way to bring a diverse group of international friends all into the same room. I read Bluescreen in a day and the same has happened with Ones and Zeroes. I can't wait for the next book.
Also I think I even spotted the elusive Grendel in
Kenna Blaylock
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If possible, I enjoyed this book more than the first one. It revolves more around the gaming world in this book, which I love, and I found it to be more thrilling and compelling than the last one. I absolutely love this book and I adore all of the characters. I don't want to give too much away since it hasn't been released yet, but if you liked the first book you'll love this one.

It's well worth the read.
Paris Jamison
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ok, here goes. I tried again guys. Again, I tried. The first book in this series was a teaser for a great escape from reality that I could get lost in. Took me months for me to read it. Now let me clarify something about myself. My motto: if it takes you more than a week to read a book, there's something wrong. Maybe you don't like the writing style, maybe the plot was not interesting enough, maybe you read the first 3 pages and knew you hated it. This series had a lot of those things attached ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the story of this one; the heist feel of it was fun, and it's always nice to see the little guys take out the big guys. However, I didn't really get into the sports movie aspect of it that Wells tried to bring in with the Overworld tournament and the Cherry Dogs as the underdog. The descriptions of the game play just didn't pull me in, and I wasn't surprised when (spoiler alert) the Cherry Dogs made it to the final round. Having to use the tournament to also hack into KT Sigan was an ...more
Kelsey Wheeler
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Great Holy Hand Grenades!"

The sequel to Bluescreen has surpassed it on a whole other level. Add all the Hacker action from Bluescreen with lots of gaming and one mega heist and you get Ones and Zeroes! Dan Wells really brings out the urban decay and shines a light on living in a corporate-controlled society.

This is the second of the series, but Wells gives you enough information in the beginning to understand without reading the first, but the first book was so good I recommend you start there
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book better than the previous one in the series. It still is not a book that had me hooked and stuck in a nonstop reading mode, but it was pretty enjoyable. I was skeptical about it after I read the description but was pleasantly surprised. The description made me think that this book was all about a big tournament with really bad stuff, likely murders of contestants, happening behind the scenes. I was afraid that the main characters would be underdogs and afraid that they might be ...more
Saleena Davidson
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Not having read the first book, Bluescreen, I nonetheless quickly caught up on the world building Wells had done. This future dystopia has everyone with implanted devices and corporate greed run amok. The main story involves a group of teens who play an online game and have managed to land a coveted spot in a tournament. Marisa, the main protagonist, finds herself determined and in a position to take down one of the corporate giants that is threatening her family's livelihood through monopolies ...more
Carlie Allred
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: Set decades in the future, Marisa and her Overworld team (it's an e-sport) pull off a series of heists and hacks to prevent an internet mega-corporation from destroying her city.

My Thoughts: I love this book so much! It's a heist novel, it's a sports story (well, a made-up electronic sport, anyway), it's set in a realistic but cool future, and it's full of fully-realized, interesting, and hilarious characters. This is the sequel to "Bluescreen," which I liked a lot, but I enjoyed
Chris Cutler
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable, with some especially good payoffs for both our heroine and some side characters. As someone who wished there were just a few more Overworld scenes in the first book, I particularly liked the additional game sequences, and the (often clever) ways that the VR and IRL challenges influenced each other.

Probably because I regularly listen to the author's writing advice via Writing Excuses, I find myself constantly analyzing the structure of his books as I read. That makes for a different
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This took me a long time to read, but the reason why had nothing to do with the book. It had more to do with the author, as I was too busy spending a week with him on a cruise ship learning writing advice.
Knowing that, I feel kind of bummed that I didn't get to read it whole, because I was forced to take a break after starting the last hundred pages. That's where the magic happens, though, and there's obviously much magic happening. Where Bluescreen was more 'just' cyberpunk, this is cyberpunk
Jordan Ricks
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
As an adult fan of cyberpunk, the Mirador series doesn’t quite ring true in many ways. The teenage characters get to do really dangerous/illegal things and never seem to face very serious consequences. As for Ones and Zeros specifically, the gaming parts of the plot were weak and wins came too easy for the Cherry Dogs. The real story—standing up against oppression—felt much more substantive, but again, the characters didn’t struggle enough to earn the endgame, and so it felt shallow to this ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than the first Mirador book. I love heist novels! This one felt a bit ridiculous in how they jumped to this-is-the-only-way solutions that didn't quite make sense, but who cares when the ride is this fun? I liked the whole team gathering together and introducing a freedom fighter--I wish we'd seen more of Alain. Fun story. The Overworld segments were a bit of a yawn for me, and the mechanics of the tournament unfolding were predictable and not as much fun as the heist. But ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an action packed sequel to Bluescreen in the Mirador series. In the year 2050 a team of 4 online gaming partners from around the world meet up in person in Los Angeles to compete in a high profile tournament. Much more is at stake than winning the cash prize. The team pulls together all their talents to perform a rescue mission and undermine an insidious megacorp while saving a family owned business. There are many vocabulary words that can fit core curriculum, as well as discussions on ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, scfiya
I would give this a solid 3.5. While I had fun and it was great to see the same characters developed and getting together, this story didn't really further the plot that extends from book to book. Marisa is searching for answers to why she was in the car when it was in the accident. She is searching for an individual who claims to have the answers...... Unfortunately, the entire book focuses on this fun VR tournament and nothing happens with that original plot.

It was a fun read and I liked it.
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I was a really big fan of the first Mirador book, Bluescreen, and this one is even better. I love the world of 2050 LA, I love the questions this book raises about internet access and how it might be controlled in the future. I love that the heroes are fighting not just for themselves or for a new video game, but for the poor. But most of all, I love the characters. The five girls who make up the Cherry Dogs are all fun, realistic characters, and I can't wait to see what they ...more
Carre West
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hopepunk
A worthy sequel to Bluescreen! This had so many of my favorite things. It was a heist story, it had epic in-game battles, shady corporate plots, unexpected twists (and expected ones), and so many facets of how near-future tech affects everyday life. It had a fast pace but nuanced character relationships. I'm looking forward to the third book and can't get enough!

Reading stats:
Days between start and finish: 6
Number of reading sessions: 5
Time spent reading: 6h 46m
Average pages per hour: 59
Pearl Perla
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Omitting the radical change of context (the first book was focused on a digital drug and a very dangerous "mexican cartel", in this second book, we have an international videogame competition: Let me tell you that it was a good and entertaining second book.

It made me laugh too much the insults and sarcastic comments, I loved how Dan Wells created racially diverse characters and Marisa's friendship with her friends made me fall in love.

I'm looking forward to read the last and third book.
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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 ...more

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