Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
ReWired tells the story of Ada Lovelace, a teenage girl whose real life sucks. Her best friend has committed suicide a few months ago, and she’s been depressed. Online, she’s Dark Angel, a sharp-minded hacker who does hacking challenges with the Orwellians. When she gets busted by the FBI, she is sent to ReBoot, the camp for recovering technology addicts her friend also went to – right before she killed herself. Ada thinks the key to understanding what happened is in that place, where each person seems to know more than they are willing to tell.
I LOVE the premise of this book, it’s so interesting and full of mystery, plus having a hacker as a main character isn’t something you see everyday! But apart from the great mystery about Ada’s friend Simone and the fact that Ada does lots of hacking throughout this book, I don’t have many positive things to say.
The love interest of Ada was absolutely bland – apart from being handsome and doing funny remarks, Fisher doesn’t really have a personality at all. He’s supposed to be an awesome hacker, but he doesn’t do any hacking at all in the whole book. The romance was not really believable, it went from a crush and a stolen kiss to full-blown committed relationship, love declarations and so on.
Also, there is a character called Crasher who suffers from mutism since suffering a trauma when his sister dies when he’s supposed to be watching her. And Ada in just a few days “cures” him by basically emotionally blackmailing him and then getting mad when he isn’t talking to her, like it’s a personal affront. I think Crasher’s mutism wasn’t well-dealt with at all in this novel and it bothered me a lot.
The book got cheesy a lot of times, and I had to speed-read through it to make it more enjoyable, skipping a few “smart remarks” from Fisher and some of Ada’s internal monologue. So yes, I enjoyed this book, it was a fun read and full of mystery, but oh my god, it’s so flawed.