Assured Destruction by Michael F. Stewart

Assured Destruction Series #1

Assured Destruction
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.

Jan is the teenager that I wanted to be, a great hacker that has multiple twitter accounts based in different avatars in which she created based on some hard drives from clients that asked to have them destroyed. Completely illegal, but it’s not like anyone will recognizes the inspirations of these avatars, right?

Wrong, someone is targeting Jan and they first move is to actually do something to the inspirations of Jan’s several personas, and when each move makes the creator more obvious to anyone involved, Jan has to find a way to discover who hacked all her accounts, dragged her into this hole where everyone started hating her and find legal proof to give to the police. But nothing is ever this easy, and this someone may just kill Jan.

I loved this book, really, I was already expecting a totally awesome story by the description only and I wasn’t even expecting any romance, just plain hacking and chasing the bad guy online, but look, there’s romance too, and who thought that Jan would only use the computer to find her evidence, thought wrong. She had some amazing ideas online but her actions were even crazier. And I certainly had a hard time to take some rest in this reading, if it were for me I would have stayed up all night reading, but I couldn’t and it’s been some time since I actually found one of these kinds of book. I certainly will be reading the next one as soon as I can.

But honestly, if you like computer, a whole funny bunch of avatars arguing through twitter, some crazy spy girl in search of a criminal, some romance and some emotional family resolving then you’re set in this book, a very fast read that leaves you wanting more. At least did for me.

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