Title: Assured Destruction
Author: Michael F. Stewart
Publisher: Non Sequitur Press
Source: Tribute Books
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.
"Stewart seamlessly incorporates the fast-paced world of social media into a unique writing style that perfectly captures the world of a modern teen. Janus’ complicated web of computer networks is intricate enough to leave readers thoroughly engrossed by her hacking acumen while remaining accessible to even the least tech-savvy readers. Many teenage girl readers will find unconventional, strong Janus to be an intriguing role model, but as a clever, talented and often slightly dark hacker, she transcends gender stereotypes and will find fans among teen boy readers as well.
This was a great book where we learn about Janus Rose and her mother and how they are suppose to be destroying people's information from their hard drives of course on a few occasions Jan does the opposite and connects them to her computer to have a little fun in the world of twitter and other social sites.
When things begin to go wrong Janus knows something is up and does her best to find out what the hell is going on. Why are the harddrives she's keeping creating trouble for the previous owners.
What can seem so innocent can spiral completely out of control and it's up to Janus to figure it out. I really enjoyed this story and the various personas Janus uses in cyber land. It's a great mystery. I think alot of people will enjoy this story!
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