I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't obligated to write a positive review
Thoughts on the Overall Book: For the most part, the book was very exciting and fast paced and I enjoyed the idea of it. The only downfall was more my personal preference and that fact that I honestly had no idea about half of what was going on with all the hacking jargon.
Cover--Yea or Nay: Not something that would necessarily make me pick up a book, but it definitely gives an idea of what the book is about.
Characters: James wasn't a bad protagonist, I just didn't really feel like I could connect to him a lot. He wasn't really a rebellious young person either for doing what he did, he was just, as is typical of very smart people, doing something because he was bored, for the challenge of it, not because he really wanted to hurt anyone. While I didn't personally connect with him, I imagine other readers could. I wasn't really sure what to think about Rebecca at first, because it just seemed like she was using James for her own reasons, and I guess that was what she thought too, but she ended up being a likable character. She didn't have The Attitude, and I was able to relate to her a little better than James. The supporting cast added what they needed to to the story. I kind of figured out who framed James by the middle of the book, or at least had my suspicions, but I liked the way it was revealed.
The Romance: I'm going to be honest, I don't really see what was between James and Rebecca as a true 'romance' at least not until the end of the book. it was just kind of infatuation. I mean James was crushing on her before he even met her really, and Rebecca was just using him at first too. So while I can see what they have turning into genuine romance as the story progresses, this wasn't romance by my standards. It wasn't so prominent as to be annoying though.
Writing Style: Nothing incredibly special, but it was suspenseful and action packed and worked good for the kind of story this was. My only problem was that I found myself zoning out so often during the hacking bits. I just had literally no idea what anything meant so it was a little bit overwhelming. I just kind of went along for the ride. I'm sure the people who know that kind of stuff wouldn't have that problem, but I was a little lost.
Accuracy/ Believability: Honestly, I have no idea how accurate this book was because I had no idea what they were talking about. I thought when I started that I could kind of fake my way through understanding it, but I just gave up. It sounded impressive though and I can only imagine the author knew what they were talking about to be able to write it like that, so I don't put any blame on my not understanding on the author. It's just that with computers I'm like:
Problems/What bothered me: Apart from the fact that I couldn't really understand the hacking jargon, and I didn't really relate to any of the characters, I had no major complaints.
Conclusion: 2.5 stars. As an action book, I enjoyed it, but I think I have to admit it wasn't really my cup of tea.
Recommended Audience: If you like technological thrillers and computer stuff, this is for you. A good guy read, 18 and up for some strong language and off-color jokes.