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Also by this author: Teen Titans, Volume 1: Damian Knows Best
Published by Moughton Mifflin Harcourt on August 1st 2017
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Techno-Thriller, Thriller
The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. This force is threatening to spread virally into the real world unless it can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew:Amazon •
Twelve-year-old Hannah -- who has been fitted with the Mirage, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness-- wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people.
Lela, a technophobic journalist, has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover.
Mike Juniper, a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons, has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs.
And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous.
They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.
Set in present-day Portland, The Dark Net is a cracked-mirror version of the digital nightmare we already live in, a timely and wildly imaginative techno-thriller about the evil that lurks in real and virtual spaces, and the power of a united few to fight back.
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Language, Gore
The Dark Net, in theory, sounded like a great techno-thriller. Demons on the web, working their way into people’s lives through technology and ‘virtually’ unstoppable. Unfortunately the dark net hardly had any part in the story. The demons were using the dark net for their plan, but other than a few brief mentions and not very much detail at all the books namesake was tossed out the window. So much for supernatural techno-thriller based on the dark net.
The first 60% of the book is spent on setting the story up. You meet a character, follow them and learn their backstory; then hop on over to another character, follow them and learn their backstory. Honestly it’s really tedious, and this is from the girl who loves characterization over anything in her books. But during that time the book is so very slow and hardly any of the plot moves forward.
Then there’s our antagonist. There isn’t really a main antagonist. A couple of baddies with names pop up, and maybe toward the very end we finally see someone who could be called the ‘leader’, but none of it is ever mentioned.
The story just seems like it’s in bits and pieces; as if the author pulled ideas from this story and that story and tried to make them fit together and it didn’t quite work out right. The book itself didn’t know what it was supposed to be and the characters forgot their lines and were on the wrong set and missed their cues. A downright jumbled mess.