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Mirador #3

Active Memory

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From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the third and final book in the dark, pulse-pounding, sci-fi neo-noir series that began with the acclaimed novel Bluescreen.

For all the mysteries teen hacker Marisa Carneseca has solved, there has been one that has always eluded her: the truth behind the car accident in which she lost her arm and a mob boss’ wife, Zenaida de Maldonado, lost her life. Even in a world where technology exists to connect everyone’s mind to one another, it would seem that some secrets can still remain hidden.

Those secrets rise violently to the surface, however, when Zenaida de Maldonado’s freshly severed hand shows up at the scene of a gangland shooting. If Zenaida is—or was—still alive, it means there’s even more about Marisa’s past that she doesn’t know. And when she and her friends start digging, they uncover a conspiracy that runs from the slums of Los Angeles to the very top of the world’s most powerful genetic engineering firm. If Mari wants the truth, she’s going to have to go through genetically enhanced agents, irritatingly attractive mob scions, and some bad relationships to get it.

Dan Wells’s widely acclaimed series continues with his most shocking, pulse-pounding, and visionary story yet.

400 pages, Hardcover

First published December 14, 2015

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Dan Wells

61 books5,657 followers
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 writer, and has won a Hugo award for his work on the podcast Writing Excuses; the podcast is also a multiple winner of the Parsec Award.

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Profile Image for Audrey.
1,030 reviews164 followers
June 4, 2020
4.5 stars

This is the third in the trilogy, following Bluescreen and Ones and Zeroes. It’s set in the year 2050 in Los Angeles, where everyone has the Internet in their brains and social media has pretty much taken over everything.

But the setting is not a substitute for the plot. There’s a lot going on here, but it’s mostly a mystery. When a severed hand turns up, Marisa is determined to find out about the car accident that left her with a prosthetic arm. The hand belongs to the driver of the car and was supposed to have died at the scene. So there’s a mystery and an assassin and hackers. It’s pretty exciting.

On top of that, we have great characters. The father-daughter dynamic is at the core. There’s a budding enemies-to-lovers relationship (but no kissing in the book). And all the friends from before are here, too: Sahara, Bao, Anja, Jaya, Fang are all endearing.

Ultimately you get a fun, smart, fast-paced science fiction mystery. The book (series) also checks off a lot of diversity boxes, if that’s important to you, but it’s never patronizing or token-ish.

Some occasional strong language (but I don’t think any of it is in English) | No sexual content | Some violence and a little gore

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Profile Image for Jessica.
Author 31 books5,633 followers
May 16, 2018
Oh, wow. Wow wow wow! And occasionally ew! (This is Dan we're talking about here!)

Lots of real world action in this one, lots of crazy, and lots of big secrets being revealed! I'm feeling very smug, because I totally called it in regards to the guy. You know, that one guy? Called it! Also figured out what was going on in regards to that other person. I feel so smart!

Anyway! What Dan is doing so well with this series is really nailing how the near future will look. The extreme poverty and extreme wealth, the technology, even the fashions, all ring true, so when he introduces super cool stuff or super off-the-wall plot elements you're like, Yep, that could totally happen. And I love the characters, of course.

More Mirador, por favor!
Profile Image for Shelley.
5,160 reviews458 followers
April 3, 2018
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4


Dan Well's Active Memory is the third and final installment in the Mirador trilogy. This is a series that is set in 2050 Los Angeles. It is a world where almost everyone has a Djinni built right into their brains. It is a world where protagonist Marisa Carneseca lives with her parents and siblings in a neighborhood called Mirador. Mirador is run from top to bottom by Don Francisco Maldonado & his family. Marisa is a pretty interesting character as we have learned over the course of this series.

*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

Profile Image for Udy Kumra.
282 reviews42 followers
February 8, 2021
9/27/20: 5 stars. Amazing. RTC.

2/8/21: This conclusion to the Mirador trilogy was fantastic. From the beginning, I've always felt that this cyberpunk world was remarkably well-constructed. It felt real and immersive without exploring more than a few core technologies in depth, and really focused on its characters, their interactions with each other, and the larger themes of the story. This one drilled down hard on the main character, and I thought it was a fantastic conclusion for her growth over the course of the three books. The plot, as always, was an impeccable thriller style plot from Dan, and there were some fantastic conversation scenes (particularly one between the friends in a simulated reality where I think they played a cooking game? fuckin' weird but totally Dan Wells lol). Overall, I highly recommend this trilogy if you want light-hearted but intense science fiction thrillers with great female characters taking the lead and a diversity of cultures represented across all of them.
Profile Image for ⭐Anny⭐ (Book Princess) .
435 reviews262 followers
July 7, 2022
Not as good as Ones and Zeroes, but still a very enjoyable read! What I really like is that these books can stand on their own but there's a bigger, overarching story that connects them; they're about mostly the same characters and take place in the same setting.

--- Minor spoilers ahead! Skip to last paragraph for non spoilery conclusion. ---

This final book in the trilogy has Marisa finally uncovering the secrets of her past, how she lost her arm and why her family and the Maldonados hate each other so much.

It was fast paced and full of action and again, I loved the characters! Marisa is really cool but also feels human, she has insecurities and fights with her Dad and sometimes she's also just a teenage girl who wants to have a good time with her friends. I've also come to like Bao a lot! He's sweet and special and a real friend! Sahara and Anja are also in this, but I missed more of Jaya and Fang. Generally I just think I missed the Overworld adventures from book 2, but I understand there wasn't really a place for this here.

I liked how some of relationships developed (any relationships, not just romantic ones!), but on the other hand, some things went way too fast for my liking. Future or not, hacker or not, there's no way a police officer would work together with a bunch of teenagers. I also thought the whole last third or so packed too much information and relevations into too little of the book. It all was a little unbelievable, sadly.

--- Non spoilery conclusion :)) ---

All in all in enjoyed the book, it's well written, gripping and definitely exciting, but some things just were a little bit over the top in my opinion. A solid read and a nice conclusion to the trilogy (I haven't read the first book though). I guess I just loved the second one so much that this one fell a bit short. I'd still recommend it if you like cyberpunk, virtual reality, hacking and/or mysteries!
Profile Image for Jonathan Rader.
149 reviews12 followers
June 17, 2019
4 to 4.5 stars. I enjoyed the final book in this trilogy! I felt that it got back to what made the first book in the series so good: Mytery, intrigue, danger, and emotional connection. The second book in the series departed from many of the main plot lines introduced in the first book. While it wasn't a bad read, it was not nearly as gripping as this one. I really like the near future setting, the cool things technology can do, and the problems technology also causes. This was a great read!
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1,397 reviews24 followers
October 20, 2019
Interesting trilogy with wild yet possible science. Quite Enjoyable and kinda scary! :) love it
Profile Image for Kelsey Wheeler.
117 reviews7 followers
February 25, 2018
"The past is in the past, It can't hurt you unless you let it. So we're not going to let it."

This book was amazing, just like the other two before it! I really love Dan Wells writing style and can't wait to check out his other series!

Marisa and The Cherry Dogs are back at it again hacking their way through the world wide web. This time Marisa is finally finding out things that we have been wondering since book one. Why was she in the car with Omar's Mom fifteen years ago!

I definitely didn't see the truth arising by the police finding Zenaida de Maldonado’s FRESH severed hand at a crime scene. So Marisa and the gang are on a mission to find out did Zenaida really die or not fifteen years ago. While on their mission they uncover even more secrets connecting her and Zenaida to the world’s most powerful genetic engineering firm.

Along the way Marisa gets a little help from the Mob and her brothers gang which got pretty interesting. Which also leads to more of Omar, which Marisa might start to have feelings for!? What about Alain! We won't know because sadly he isn't in this one, but I have a feeling he'd be in feature books. I really hope so! Please tell me there's more books! I'd love to read more of this world!

"He stopped, and turned toward her. His eyes were as dark as onyx, and she was suddenly struck by the way he looked at her - intense and probing, like was looking at her and into her and through her all at once."

There's also some new obstacles
"And I definitely don't want her to tangle with me." "The Wonder Mantis", said Sahara. "The WoMantis," sad Marisa. " The Mantissassin," said Sahara."
With those names you can only imagine what to expect from that person.

The ending was bittersweet, but I think perfect.

“Be yourself, because it's obviously working well for you, but don't be yourself so hard that you forget to be the kind of self that other people need."

Profile Image for Stephanie Ward.
1,176 reviews116 followers
February 24, 2018
4.5 Stars

'Active Memory' is the mesmerizing third book in a young adult science fiction/dystopian series that will leave readers begging for more. It continues to follow our main character, Marisa, as she and her friends find themselves in more trouble and with even more questions than before. It seems that if Marisa wants to learn the truth about her past, it's going to cost her (and many others) a lot more than she ever thought.

This book was amazing, just like the other two before it. Every single aspect was expertly done, and if I had to think of something that didn't blow me away, I would have to go with the author's use of the third person point of view. Don't get me wrong - it worked great for this book and only slightly bothered me and my reading experience. I'm just a huge fan of first person POV and the deep connection that the reader can develop with the narrator. Other than that personal opinion, this book exceeded any hopes or expectations I might have had. I've read the previous two novels in the series along with several other books by the author and have adored each one. This was no exception.

The characters were all well written with distinct personalities, especially our main character, Marisa. The secondary characters were decently well rounded, and we continue to get to know them more with each installment. The story line wasn't wholly unique - which is pretty much impossible to do these days anyway. The thing that made this novel stand out for me was the incredible world building. Since the story takes place in the not so distant future (around the year 2050), a lot of the objects and situations were familiar - so it didn't feel unrealistic or out of the question. When we're introduced to all the new technology - like the djinni, for example - it didn't feel like it was out of the realm of possibility. I could actually see a world like this in the future, which made it so much cooler and fun to think about - as well as to picture in my mind. Because of the natural blend of present and future societies, I found myself slipping inside Marisa's world right from the very first page of the book - and I didn't come back out until the very last word. I could go on for a long time about all of the various technology and changes that are in this future world, but that still wouldn't be able to convey all of the sheer awesomeness. The pace was pretty steady at first and then picked up speed as the plot thickened and things got crazy. By that point I was reading as fast as I could to see what was going to happen. I can't wait to see where the story's going to go and what all might happen. With the author's immense storytelling abilities, I know that this series is going to continue to be amazing. Very highly recommended for fans of YA, science fiction, and dystopian fiction!!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Annie.
732 reviews37 followers
July 25, 2019

¿De qué trata esta novela? Nuestra heroína y protagonista Marisa Carneseca ha pasado por muchas aventuras, a su lado hemos conocido un mundo futurista donde hay drogas cibernéticas, donde la realidad virtual es una, vaya la redundancia, realidad y donde la gente convive con chips implantados en el cerebro, supercomputadoras, robots y más. Un futuro con muchas promesas pero también con muchos peligros, Marisa lo descubrirá en este libro pues se encontrará cara a cara con uno de los mayores misterios de su vida, ¿Qué fue lo que pasó realmente la noche en que perdió su brazo? ¿Por qué la madre de la familia rival estuvo implicada? Y, más importante aún, ¿Por qué están apareciendo extremidades con el ADN de una persona que, se supone, tiene muchos años de muerta? Entre inteligencia artificial, biomedicina, intrigas, hackeos y más, esta novela nos pinta y posible futuro donde la decadencia humana se combina con la tecnología y donde un grupo de adolescentes deberá salvar a todo un barrio de la desaparición...¡Sigue leyendo la reseña!]
Profile Image for Braulio SolHer.
297 reviews16 followers
December 23, 2019
Lo volvió a hacer Wells, una vez más con su narrativa me atrapó y volvió adictiva la historia, en cuanto lo comencé no pude parar hasta terminarlo.
Me hizo sentir angustia y suspenso, necesitaba el final cada vez más para resolver todas mis dudas
y por desgracia el final me dejó insatisfecho, fue muy simple y me atrevería a decir que hasta un poco abierto, no se siente como final de trilogía o historia y el saber que si lo es deja una sensación rara.
Pero me quedo con todo lo bueno y lo disfrutable que es este libro y la trilogía completa.
Lo leería mil veces más.
Profile Image for Barbiibooks.
415 reviews76 followers
February 20, 2019
Me encanto, solo puedo decir eso ya mismo. Un buen cierre a la trilogía, una trama muy interesante y que venía esperando desde el primero, pues en esta tercera parte obtuve todas las respuestas a las preguntas que moría por saber. Una trama muy genial, llena de acción, intriga y teorías que hicieron que no perdiera el interés. Un final tierno y muy acorde a la trilogía.
Profile Image for Travis.
716 reviews7 followers
October 2, 2020
Now this was a great and satisfying conclusion to the Mirador trilogy. However after finishing this series, I have this nagging feeling that I would have much preferred this to be a standalone. This book strongly ties together with book one while book two was kind of there to be a filler. Now if you would have made this a longer book and fused it with book one then this could have been a really strong book. I believe this series suffered being a series.

Active Memory was so good though. We got a lot of excellent character development, the plot was smooth and engaging, and really well written action sequences. To me the heart of this book was definitely the relationship between Marisa and her father. Actually you could say that was the primary focus for the entire series. I really enjoyed that aspect because you do not get to see that often in books nowadays. You kind of get to see the relationship crumble and rebuild itself. You get to see that family truly is at the center of a lot of our emotions and actions.

The negatives that hurt this series along the way are still present. Sometimes I feel like this book slams on the gas pedal and doesn't give you a second to breathe. A lot of the mystery to seemed to just fall in to place a little to easily. Lastly is that some of the plot points or threads that were set up in the first two books got glossed over.

At the end of the day this was a solid series but in terms of Dan Wells other ones, this one doesn't quite live up.

Bluescreen - 3/5

Ones and Zeroes - 3/5

Active Memory - 4/5

Mirador Trilogy - 10/15
Profile Image for Kathy.
165 reviews2 followers
August 7, 2018
4.5 stars. Very nice conclusion to the series. I love Wells' vision of the future; it's dystopian but not. There's good and bad.
Profile Image for Clint Hubbard.
105 reviews
November 29, 2022
I was a little worried about this one. It was slow at a few points and I think I liked book two better, but that ending was very much worth it. This series was phenomenal and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
70 reviews3 followers
March 13, 2018
I enjoy Wells’s writing. He’s great at writing characters you care about and putting them in plots with fast moving stories that provide enough mystery to keep you turning pages. This book completes Wells’s Mirador series. It’s a YA near future cyberpunk series. The protagonist, Mari, is a young hacker in Los Angeles’s Mirardor neighborhood. Her family owns a small restaurant that her father runs, in a neighborhood run by a crime family, in a world run by corporations. Mari has problems with all of them.

Mari is trying to solve a mystery from her childhood about a car crash that took her arm and killed Zenaida Maldonado. Her father forbids her from investigating, worried that it will upset the local mob boss, who happens to be Zenaida’s widower. Mari’s investigation leads to an uneasy alliance with Omar, the scion of the Maldonados, who also wants to know what happened to his mother. Along the path they get involved in a gang war, recieve cryptic clues from a opaque hacker named Grendel, and become the targets of corporate assassins.

The story winds through twists and turns as previous characters make appearances. Action sequences are peppered throughout the story to keep it exciting and keeps the story moving a fast pace until the final scene.

Wells talks about the contract with the reader in his podcast, Writing Excuses, and he upholds his end of the deal. We learn the answer to questions raised in the first book. Wells sprinkles enough clues throughout the book so that you can figure out the identity of Grendel before it’s announced in the book without feeling like it was obvious all along or that he hid the ball from you.

One issue that came up in the series that I think is really interesting is how to integrate characters from a VR world that aren’t in the action locally. Wells overcame this problem in the 2nd book by having everyone in one geographic location. In the third book he doesn’t use that conceit and the characters set in China and India fall to the sides of the story. It’s a tough problem and I don’t fault Wells for it. Books like Ready Player One or Snow Crash that face a similar problem avoided it by putting the action with distant characters in VR so that the real world was a minor setting. As more cyberpunk uses an international group of characters it will be interesting to see if anyone can find a way to address the problem without localizing the characters.
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38 reviews3 followers
May 9, 2020

Memoria Activa es la tercer parte de la trilogía El Mirador; en esta historia como en las novelas previas vemos una problemática nueva que da apertura a partir de que en medio de un enfrentamiento de bandas encuentran la mano izquierda de una persona, y a partir de ahí, que todo se desarrolla.


Hay varios puntos que me gustaría dejar en claro. Yo tenía muchas expectativas de que esta novela sería un gran éxito y una gran conclusión en la trilogía, esto debido a que la anterior parte me fascinó.

En primer lugar, la historia se me hizo MUY extensa para lo fácil en que se pueden resumir las cosas, creo que a pesar de que la historia tiene una gran complejidad el autor nos va llevando a ciegas en todo el asunto para que al final todo fuese TAN simple.

En segundo lugar, sentí que el final fue el que más se extendió y que más tedioso me pareció, además de que muchos de los diálogos o intervenciones eran innecesarias; los personajes se volvían extremadamente sarcásticos y bromistas. Y no es que esté mal, puesto que los personajes suelen ser sarcásticos en ocasiones, ¡PERO NO! no miento cuando digo que TODOS los personajes se ponían pesados como a cuatro capítulos del final; incluso personajes secundarios y terciarios.


Por último lugar algo que también fue inconforme es que la trilogía no llegó a una culminación termina en algo, pero no da fin a todo.

El personaje de Alain no salió y no se supo que pasó de él. Y no sé si Dan Wells tiene planeado sacar otra parte o si no supo llevar el lado amoroso con Marisa, pero deja en claro que se volverían a ver estos personajes. Y yo estaba Living con esa relación aunque fuera muy apresurada, porque créanme soy team Alain antes de Team Omar. (QUE OSEA COMO PUDO CONSIDERAR MARISA BESARLO SI ERA NOVIO DE ANJA). El chiste es que CASI NISIQUIERA MENCIONAN a Alain y si hubo un problema entre los personajes no se da explicación .


A pesar de todo lo anterior, la historia me gustó porque le guardé cariño a los personajes y como dije, el inicio fue muy bueno. Pero decayó mucho cada vez más. El misterio estuvo a bordo y a pesar de que estaba a punto de abandonar la novela a cuatro capítulos, mi lado intrigado me seguía insistiendo en saber el final y conocer cada detalle de la verdad tras el accidente del brazo metálico de Marisa.
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660 reviews5 followers
July 14, 2020
This is probably the last of Dan Wells' "Mirador" novels, and I will be genuinely sad to see them go. I have really enjoyed them all, and "Active Memory" may have been my favorite. I was am well invested in all the characters by this time, and it was both exciting and moving to see some long-gestating secrets finally get revealed. Emotionally, this feels like a good place to leave the series, but maybe (hopefully?) there will be opportunities for our favorite hacker/gamer/trendsetting Cherry Dogs to ride again.

"Active Memory" is still definitely a cyberpunk romp, but this particular plot involves less "hacking" and less time spent in the online world overall. Instead, "Active Memory" is more of a futuristic crime thriller, delving deeper into the worlds of "chop shops" (in this context, the illegal sale of human organs & body parts), DNA bioprinters, and cutting edge genetic engineering. All of this is tied into a mystery from Marisa's past that she wants answered: Why is her family caught up in a rivalry with that of a notorious crime lord? Why was she involved in a deadly car crash with the crime lord's wife 15 years ago...a crash that killed the wife and cost Marisa her left arm? Why won't anyone tell her why she was in that car, without any of her immediate family members? Early on in "Active Memory," Marisa discovers recent DNA evidence hinting that the crime lord's wife isn't as dead as everyone thought...and things definitely escalate from there.

I still love all the Cherry Dogs...bratty and spoiled they may be, but they are also witty, brilliant, brave, loyal, and charming. They make a great team and it is fun to watch them in action. "Active Memory" also ends up being a surprisingly touching father-daughter story; Marisa's sometimes-tense relationship with her old-school father gets much MORE tense in this novel, but their fierce love for each other is also revealed as they work towards better understanding and trust. It's a surprisingly authentic and touching subplot in the midst of all the hacking and chase scenes and shootouts. "Active Memory" is good cyberpunk fun, but it also contains characters that still behave like real human beings, and that's what I love about the series.
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1,621 reviews54 followers
December 26, 2018
Dan Wells's Mirador: where the young women are high tech badasses, and the young men are largely incidental.

No, seriously, like completely incidental. It's amazing.

Having successfully defeated the Bluescreen virus and pulled off an awesome heist under the cover of an Overworld tournament, Marisa Canesca is looking forward to a little downtime with her family at her brother's high school science fair. But before the judges can announce the winners, a homicide detective shows up to arrest Don Francisco Maldonado, the local heavy with a long-running feud with the Canesca family; it seems his wife's severed hand has been found at a crime scene. The same wife who supposedly died fifteen years ago in the car crash that cost Marisa her arm.

After achieving peak-awesome in Ones and Zeroes, Wells comes in for a landing he doesn't quite stick in Active Memory, a book that spends far too much time on (super obvious) daddy drama for my taste and which feels so little like the end of a series that I had to look up online whether it was in fact the finale. I applaud Wells's refusal to conform to the grand YA tradition of tying up a series with its lead winding up with The Boy of Her Dreams - in fact, he very deliberately subverts that trope here by having Marisa's Happily Ever After come in the form of a rapprochement with her father - but the resolution doesn't feel final. It's less of an ending than a petering out.

Despite its wobbly ending, Wells has once again given us a tight, high-tech mystery investigated by a group of thoroughly awesome and amazingly diverse young women (plus Bao!) who don't have time to hassle with the traditional teen fiction romantic tropes because they're too busy hacking their way into government databases and saving the world. While this may not be the way I would have wanted to see it end (mostly because it doesn't actually look like an end), I'll always have mad respect for the way this series focused on badass women in STEM - and for dedicating its final volume to Ada Lovelace.

Cherry Dogs forever.
Profile Image for Andralynn.
407 reviews8 followers
June 15, 2018
I think this was my favorite of the series. I liked the little bit of focus on Marisa and her relationship with her dad, and it was obviously nice to get answers to all the questions that had been brought up in the previous two books. I do think it's interesting that every book basically has its own storyline that has little to do with the others. You really could probably read each book separately and still enjoy them. You wouldn't know the characters as well and wouldn't understand some of the references, but overall, each book is its own story.

I liked the development of Marisa, though I thought Sahara and Anja remained pretty static throughout the series. I would have liked some more development of their characters. I also liked the extra involvement of Omar and his character development. I also really liked that this is a YA series with no real love interest for the main character. Marisa is just a teenager, and I liked that Wells didn't give her that one big love that so often happens in YA novels. There was no love triangle either. It's refreshing to read a series in which the main character doesn't end up with anyone at the end.

Overall, I enjoyed this series, though it's not my favorite from Wells. The John Cleaver series is still my very favorite of Wells's books (and I will read it over and over and over again), but unfortunately, none of his other books has quite reached that level for me.
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368 reviews30 followers
February 17, 2019
Dan Wells cierra la trilogía El Mirador con la historia más íntima de sus protagonistas.
Habrá también espacio para la acción, y como buena novela de ciencia ficción, la tecnología tendrá un nivel preponderante; pero a diferencia de las dos entregas anteriores, es en ésta donde se explota la relación de Marisa con su padre y los oscuros secretos que ya se dejaban entrever desde el primer libro finalmente salgan a la luz.
Es muy interesante ver cómo el delicado entramado familiar se va deshilando a lo largo de toda la novela, para desarmarse por completo y volver a armarse, pero de manera diferente a su status inicial.
Tal vez sea el libro con menos romance de los tres, pero lo poco que se insinúa y las posibles futuras relaciones que podrían surgir, se cuentan de manera más interesante y creíble de lo que podría ser un típico final feliz donde nos cuenten hasta la última palabra. Muchas veces es más fuerte lo que se deja por decir, que lo dicho.
Por último, se destaca una vez más el diálogo divertido y chispeante; la impronta que tiene Wells para el humor y los códigos adolescentes, siendo que es un mundo que hace rato le es ajeno. Realmente conoce a la juventud, o al menos los entiende, y eso le da a las situaciones que plantea una veracidad que en otros autores se pierde o no suena natural. Ese es un logro de Wells apreciable no solo aquí, sino a lo largo de toda su carrera.
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176 reviews2 followers
March 4, 2019
Docela dobré zakončení celé série. Celé mi to přišlo takové hodně nesourodé, první díl je o digitální droze, kterou se nakonec podaří zlikvidovat partě mladých holek, které si říkají Cherry dogs. Je to o digitálním světě, ve kterém se pohybují a evidentně tomu rozumí, tak proč ne. Druhý díl je o superturnaji světových špiček ve hře Overworld/rozežraných děcek, které si můžou místo v týmu koupit. Během tohoto turnaje se teď už známá parta holek mimo jiné snaží zničit jednu ze společností, které jsou známé tím, že se stanou dominantní firmou dodávající vše v dané lokalitě tím, že postupně odrovnají konkurenci, a následně zvyšují ceny tak, že lidé, aby se uživili, se začínají zadlužovat a všechno je prostě špatně (to už dnes není nic, co by člověk neznal) - tady firma KT Sigan a město Mirador. No a jenom tak mimochodem ten turnaj vyhrají. Kdyby to někoho zajímalo :D a tento poslední díl je o odkrývání tajemství a zodpovídání otázek z minulých dílů, tedy, jak je to s tou Zenaidou, jak to bylo s tou dopravní nehodou, atd. Co mě neuvěřitelně štvalo, byla ta zelená superagentka, kterou ale opět zneškodní parta holek...celé je takové nějaké...zvláštní. Každopádně, otázky jsou zodpovězeny, člověk se dozví, co potřeboval, nějak to skončilo. Ten závěr a přiznání Marisina otce mě nějak za srdce nevzalo, přišlo mi to spíš trapné. Ale série celkově nebyla špatná, rozhodně to nebyla ztráta času. A otázka, která asi zůstane nezodpovězena...co Alain?
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901 reviews8 followers
February 18, 2018
If you are into Science Fiction, and especially if technology and mystery intrigue you, this is quite a read! The third book in the Mirador Series follows Marisa as she (okay, WE) finally comes face to face with the one mystery that has plagued and eluded her. 

The truth behind her arm and Zenaida, a mob boss' wife, who was said to have died in a car accident with her youngest son and Marisa in the vehicle.

I noted this leaned more towards "real-life" versus the gaming world of binary and coding where Marisa is a part of a team, The Cherry Dogs, in the Overworld Games; One's and Zeroes delved into this. While I did read Ones and Zeroes prior to Active Memory which I received for a book tour, I have not read Bluescreen. Wonderfully written for different genres:  YA, SciFi, Mystery. My twin teens would (and will) enjoy these books as they are "clean". 

Active Memory brings to the fray more mystery with a lot of running and gunning from the Russian mob family, Severov, who used to control territory in the neighborhood  Mirador and fought the Maldonado's for it. Once again the friendships of the main characters are there, but not as heavily as the other books. While I was completely satisfied with the ending, Dan Wells leaves the door slightly ajar for another book in the Mirador Series, we shall see.
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Author 1 book33 followers
February 14, 2018
A strong conclusion to the Mirador series. The mystery is well-constructed, the side characters are strong, and the setting is great. Even more than in the first two books, Active Memory conveys the feeling of a very lived-in Los Angeles megalopolis. For some reason I also had an easier time envisioning the frequently-described clothing this time around.

In Ones and Zeroes I particularly enjoyed the way that Wells incorporated the gaming sequences more fully into the narrative. Overworld games were almost entirely absent in this book, but surprisingly I didn't miss them. The Cherry Dogs attack their real-world problems with the same strategies they employ in VR, and there is no lack of climactic running and gunning.

I don't think this is my favorite of the trilogy, but it has some great moments and ably resolves the central mystery of Marisa's story. And I am pleasantly surprised by how plausibly our heroes can get into such cinematic chase scenes with megacorp assassins or mob-hired goons.

There are still several loose threads at the end that I would like to have seen resolved, but I'm happy to imagine their conclusion myself. (And even happier to hope that Wells might return to Mirador someday with more stories to tell.)
December 15, 2019
-El pasado está en el pasado. No puede lastimarte a menos que tú se lo permitas. Y nosotros no se lo vamos a permitir (Wells, 2018, p. 536).


Me siento entre feliz y decepcionada por el cierre de esta trilogía, me había gustado tanto el primero y el segundo había sido demasiado lento, pero al final bueno, lo cual me dejo con muchas ganas de terminar la trilogía, pero de igual forma no es final malo, pero esperaba un cierre diferente con algunos personas que se volvieron favoritos en los otros dos tomos, por ejemplo Grendel me dejo un mal gusto, porque quiero saber más de él...
Pero en sí este final le da el final perfecto para el desarrollo de la protagonista con su familia, aunque algunas cosas, como el poco protagonismo que tiene la mamá me daba miedo, pues era como si no le importara.
Pero en sí es bueno, Wells es de mis autores favoritos, pero está vez se quedo un poco corto, es extraño mis sentimiento hacia la historia en sí.

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120 reviews
June 21, 2022
"Active Memory" ist der dritte und letzte Band der Mirador-Reihe.

Marisa war zwei Jahre alt als sie ihren Arm bei einem Autounfall verlor, bei dem die Frau eines Mafiabosses starb. Jahre später findet man eine frisch abgetrennte Hand. Die Hand gehörte Zenaida, der Frau des Mafiabosses und die Vergangenheit holt Marisa ein...

Endlich erfahren wir nicht nur mehr über Marisa's Vergangenheit, sondern lernen endlich mehr über die Realität! Während sich die ersten beiden Bücher viel um das Spiel Overworld und andere Schauplätze der Cyberwelt gedreht haben, ist Band 3 doch eher retro. Die Technik rückt in den Hintergrund und Marisa und ihre Freunde stellen sich in der echten Welt ihren Feinden. Die Geschichte um Zenaida, die abgetrennte Hand und den Autounfall ist dabei wie immer toll und spannend geschrieben und auch der Hacker Grendel taucht wieder auf! "Active Memory" ist auf jeden Fall ein gelungener Abschluss für diese Trilogie und schafft es alle Puzzleteile perfekt zu verbinden, sodass keine großen Fragen übrig bleiben. Gefällt mir!
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64 reviews11 followers
January 11, 2020
Normalerweise hätte ich nicht zu so einem Thema gegriffen, denn ich kann absolut nichts mit Computern anfangen. Und hier geht es um VR, um Minicomputer, die man sich in den Hinterkopf implantieren kann, Hacking, ausschließlich selbstfahrende Autos und vielen vielen Drohnen in vielen unterschiedlichen Formen. Aber trotzdem handelt es sich nicht um klassische Science Fiction Literatur, denn es spielt in einem kleinen, heruntergekommenen Bezirk in Los Angeles. Dan Wells ist aber einer meiner Lieblingsautoren und so musste ich das lesen. Und wurde nicht enttäuscht. Er beschreibt alles technische so, dass auch ich Laie es verstanden habe und schafft es, dass man sich diese futuristische Welt im Jahr 2050 hervorragend vorstellen kann und der spannenden Story mitfiebert bis zum Ende des dritten Bandes.
Und tatsächlich glaube ich, dass vieles von den Sachen, die im Buch vorgestellt werden, in 30 Jahren tatsächlich existieren wird. Und einiges davon ist ziemlich cool!
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145 reviews
October 29, 2022
💕 Memoria Activa💕


❣️ Tercera parte de la trilogía El Mirador❣️

Este libro me gustó mas que los dos primeros, digamos que la primera parte del libro fue un poco de relleno, ya a la mitad de el libro es cuando se puso interesante, la verdad me hubiera gustado que la trama de este libro hubiera sido de toda la trilogía, se descubrieron cosas del pasado, Marissa se conoció mas así misma, y hubo revelaciónes que te quedabas impactado y empezabas a conectar todo muy rápido, si soy sincera, yo pensaba que iba a seguir la trama del segundo libro, pero eso no paso, quedo... Inconcluso por asi decirlo, se supone que debian de rescatar al "novio" de Marissa... Y parecía que lo dejaron olvidado, en conclusión fue un buen libro, le faltó un poquito mas, o tal vez menos relleno y hubiera sido el mejor.


Top 5: No
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109 reviews2 followers
January 12, 2020
Es uno de los mejores libros que he leído, a pesar de que al principio no me estaba gustando porque repiten muchos detalles sobre la historia, que si son importantes, pero ya los pusieron en los otros dos libros, pero una vez que pasas lo introductorio y empiezas a descubrir secretos y a hacer teorías en tu cabeza de lo que podría asar, es un libro magnífico que no puedes dejar de leer, los hackeos, las peleas, las cosas imposibles qué hacen unas chicas son lo que hacen tan increíble este libro.

Es una gran trilogía, una trilogía inolvidable llena de aventuras y tecnología, quien sabe, el futuro no está tan lejos.

La forma de escribir que tiene Dan Wells es magnifica, no puedo esperar a leer más cosas que haya escrito el autor.
April 19, 2023
Dan Wells captures a vividly futuristic alternative world with characters so real with real flaws, genuine friendships, and cringe-worthy betrayals/choices. Hands down my favorite of the three.

Marisa, the MC, is such a determined and edgy character that is supported by a network of not just friends but family. She is strong but propped up by those around her, which is how life really works. Too few stories show that truth. Marisa is not a lone ranger off doing these outlandish feats but uses the abilities and knowledge of those around her.

This action-packed series is well worth the emotional ups and downs. One of the highest compliments I can give an author is to recommend it to my family and keep it on my shelf.
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