Assured Destruction by Michael F. Stewart
You can learn a lot about someone looking through their hard drive...
Sixteen-year-old Jan Rose knows that nothing is ever truly deleted. At least, not from the hard drives she scours to create the online identities she calls the Shadownet.
Hobby? Art form? Sad, pathetic plea to garner friendship, even virtually? Sure, Jan is guilty on all counts. Maybe she’s even addicted to it. It’s an exploration. Everyone has something to hide. The Shadownet’s hard drives are Jan’s secrets. They're stolen from her family’s computer recycling business Assured Destruction. If the police found out, Jan’s family would lose its livelihood.
When the real people behind Shadownet’s hard drives endure vicious cyber attacks, Jan realizes she is responsible. She doesn’t know who is targeting these people or why but as her life collapses Jan must use all her tech savvy to bring the perpetrators to justice before she becomes the next victim.
This book was amazing! The characters were so well described that I got lost in this book quite a few times.
Michael did a great job at describing this world of technology and this main character that was brave, strong, cocky......basically, a sort of character that you wish was you. In this book, we are introduced to Janus (Jan for sort). She is a cocky sixteen-year-old that is obsessed in this world of computers and technology.
To be honest, I don't enjoy books that has a lot of technology. But somehow, this book cracked my skinny nut completely.
I love the world that Michael created, his way of showing how all of the computer geeks are living. And, I find it VERY cool! I love the way Michael turned this innocent computer world of Janus into a big situation. It's very hard creating up a technology world and using all of those long big words to describe them. But Michael did an amazing job at it.
And I also have to say, THE COVER IS AMAZING! It looks so cool!!
So Janus is basically a geek who loves her computers. And since she has no 'real' friends, she creates her own ones. She even created a website for people to chat on. And I WISH she could teach me how to use photoshop. I'm crap at it. Lol.
I love the way Janus was smarter than anybody else even though they all thought that she was a freak. And as you all know, I am a sucker for romance. In this book, there is a tiny love triangle. Thankfully, the love-romance thing didn't get in the way of Michael building up the tech world, and I find that very hard. But Michael managed it.
Urgh!! How I loveee Johnnnyyyyy!!!! (That's all I'm revealing)
So overall, I love this book. You have to check it out! If you don't, I'll hack your computer and Janus will teach me how to photoshop every personal pictures you have. JOKING!!
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About The Author
After crewing ships in the Antarctic and the Baltic Sea and some fun in venture capital, Michael anchored himself (happily) to a marriage and a boatload of kids. Now he injects his adventurous spirit into his writing with brief respites for research into the jungles of Sumatra and Guatemala, the ruins of Egypt and Tik’al, paddling the Zambezi and diving whatever cave or ocean reef will have him. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and SF Canada, and the author of the Assured Destruction series, 24 Bones, The Sand Dragon, Hurakan, Ruination and several award winning graphic novels for young adults.