First I want to thank the author Michael F Stewart for providing me a copy of his work for an honest and impartial review, second I want to say WOW! I just finished the last page of Assured Destruction and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! I’m not a big computer guru, but the author had me captivated from the get-go.
Assured Destruction…the name of a computer recycling company…also the meaning of completely erasing ones hard drive. Did you know there are special machines that just tear apart ones hard drive like a paper shredder? Honestly, I never really thought of it before and now I would love to see one in action. Well, the main character of this story, Janus, is a teen computer genius hacker extraordinaire. She can do things that make her teachers envious. This story tells you what could happen if you don’t do something that you should have done in a way that keeps you glued to the pages.
I’m a computer user. Don’t ask me how to program one, don’t ask me about binary codes, I’m the hands on type. Give me something, don’t give me a manual and let’s see what I can do with it. You do not need a computer science degree to follow along with this story because the author guides you along so well that you actually start to know what he’s talking about.
This was a refreshing YA read. You don’t feel dumbed down to, you aren’t caught up in romantic teenage angst and you don’t want to strangle the characters for their behaviors. Like I said, refreshing! You root for Janus, while also wanting to ask her what the heck she was thinking in the first place, but knowing that she’s past that point, you are straight back at rooting for her and you feel like you are right there with her the entire time instead of feeling like an outsider looking in or a third wheel. Oh, and when you think you know who’s doing everything to her, there is a twist and you are on to your next suspect.
What didn’t I like? Hmmmm….I’m thinking….you know what? I can’t think of a single thing that I didn’t like. All the characters were well done, descriptions were in place perfectly, and the storyline wasn’t faulty at all. Oh, I know…I don’t’ like that I have to wait until July for book 2! I’ve put it on my “to be read” list and will jump on it as soon as it’s available.
Who do I recommend this to? Everyone from the age of 14 on up. Why not younger? There is a reference to a naked female pic of a high school teen being posted which than refers to child pornography but goes no further into description than that. Unfortunately, it’s something that’s been happening more and more with teens in the age of cell phones, texting, etc. I also recommend this to anyone that likes a good mystery. Assured Destruction will not let you down!