Review: Ones and Zeroes by Dan Wells

ones and zeroes

Inner Cover Book Summary: “Overworld.  It’s more than just the world’s most popular eSport – thousands of VR teams around the globe, Overworld is life.  It means fame and fortune, or maybe it’s a ticket out of obscurity or poverty.  If you have a connection to the internet and four friends you trust with your life, anything is possible.  Marisa Carneseca is on the hunt for a mysterious hacker named Grendel when she receives word that her amateur Overworld team has been invited to Forward Motion, one of the most exclusive tournaments of the year.  For Marisa, this could mean everything – a chance to finally go pro and to help her family, stuck in an LA neighborhood on the wrong side of the growing divide between the rich and the poor.  But Forward Motion turns out to be more than it seems – rife with corruption, infighting, and danger – and Marisa runs headlong in Alain Bensoussan, a beautiful, dangerous underground freedom fighter who reveals to her the darker side of the forces behind the tournament.  It soon becomes clear that, in this game, winning might be the only way to get out alive.”

RATING *3/5 STARS*

*MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD*

I must admit, I was a little disappointed with Ones and Zeroes.  I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Bluescreen.  But book number two was a bit of a letdown.

For starters, there was very little continuation of the first book’s plot in Ones and Zeroes.  While there was some mention of it, Ones and Zeroes focuses mainly on an entirely new plot.  Don’t get me wrong, the new plot is great, but I didn’t like it as much as the one in Bluescreen.  That being said, there is still plenty open for the the continuation of the original plot in the third book.

Ones and Zeroes had a large family element, which I loved!  We learn a lot more about Marisa’s relationship with her parents and how far Marisa is willing to go to protect her family.  And the answer is kind of shocking, yet understandable.  Not to mention Marisa’s abuela (grandmother).  Her abuela is my new fave.

We are introduced to several new characters.  They range from archenemies of the Cherry Dogs, to new allies, to a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  I enjoyed their additions to the story line.  Not only did the new characters add an unexpected element but they also assisted in main character growth!

There are a lot more Spanish phrases included in Ones and Zeroes, which for me was good as I am trying to learn Spanish.  Be prepared to look up phrases with which you are unfamiliar.  I highly suggest looking up these words; it will help give you increased context.

 

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