Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Date published: May 2012
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Riley Janecek is one of the very best computer hackers around. In fact, she calls herself the Queen of Tarrytown, the area where computer hackers live and work.
CJ used to be the best, but two years ago he was caught and now his life is very different, as he’s a semi-prisoner forced to catch other hackers. CJ traces Riley, although she’s not using that name. But when they meet in real life the danger increases tenfold.
This book uses second person, often intermingled in the same paragraph as third, which threw me off at first, but amazingly, it works for this science fiction world. Ms. Blackett has created an amazing world, where computer hardware is part of a person’s body, they have flesh drives instead of flash drives, and the uses of virtual reality are everywhere. Tarrytown is quite a brilliant concept, and the mix of darkness with shards of bright light, is well done both in the description and in the characters’ own lives. Darkness and violence seem overwhelming, and then the reader sees the other side of the equation. It’s very clever.
Riley and CJ are fascinating people, and the chemistry between them is palpable, even though their circumstances are unhelpful, to put it mildly.
This is a very different book. The author most definitely thinks outside the box. But it’s well done and I enjoyed it.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.