Active Memory by Dan Wells

Title: Active Memory (Mirador #3)
Author: Dan Wells
Publisher: Blazer + Bray
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the third and final book in the dark, pulse-pounding, sci-fi neo-noir series that began with the acclaimed novel Bluescreen.

For all the mysteries teen hacker Marisa Carneseca has solved, there has been one that has always eluded her: the truth behind the car accident in which she lost her arm and a mob boss’ wife, Zenaida de Maldonado, lost her life. Even in a world where technology exists to connect everyone’s mind to one another, it would seem that some secrets can still remain hidden.

Those secrets rise violently to the surface, however, when Zenaida de Maldonado’s freshly severed hand shows up at the scene of a gangland shooting. If Zenaida is—or was—still alive, it means there’s even more about Marisa’s past that she doesn’t know. And when she and her friends start digging, they uncover a conspiracy that runs from the slums of Los Angeles to the very top of the world’s most powerful genetic engineering firm. If Mari wants the truth, she’s going to have to go through genetically enhanced agents, irritatingly attractive mob scions, and some bad relationships to get it.

Dan Wells’s widely acclaimed series continues with his most shocking, pulse-pounding, and visionary story yet.




Each of the books in the Mirador series have their own standalone story. It’s been a long time since I’ve read the Bluescreen but Ones and Zeroes was about taking down a major corporation. Now in Active Memory we are hearing more about chop shops. I really like this about the books because there is still the main story arc of, why Marisa’s hand is the way it is and the secrets surrounding the car crash. As well as the Cherry Dogs and their rise in the Overworld and tournaments. It keeps the books fresh. In a way you could jump into the series later and still enjoy it.

So besides the whole, where do body parts come from. We finally get insight on Marisa’s hand and it’s not what expected. I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting though which is kind of the great thing about it. As the web finally untangles I felt satisfied with the outcome. I really liked the story.

I love the Cherry Dogs. The bonds that the girls have and that we explored since the first book is fantastic. It’s a crew of gamer girls who also hack and save the world (sort of) on the side. What could be better than that. I love the way that each girl has her own personality and specialities that help them in the Overworld but also in real life. I love how close knit they are and how they support each other. I did however miss the presence of Fang and Jaya in Active Memory. They are always there because the girls are always connected to one another but I loved how involved everyone was in Ones and Zeroes. I really do love these girls.

Active Memory has a lot of action. More action than gaming this time, which is fine. My favorite part of the stories is the girls working together so it doesn’t really bother me how. It was fast paced read and I didn’t feel any lag time. Always great. I would love to see this as a movie or tv series. You could have some pretty good special effects. Now I’m thinking tv series for sure, now I want it as a tv series…..

Marisa dabbles in romance but it’s never been an important part of the books and it’s very almost bond like. Ha ha. Which is great for a female lead. I love how she’s like hmm I might be interested but I’m too busy doing five hundred other things to worry about it.

So this is the third book. Is it the final book? I’m not sure, it doesn’t have to be. The ending, while wrapping up most things still leaves room for more in the series. Again especially because this series has its own standalone storyline for each book. I really love the way these books are written and I would love to see more of The Cherry Dogs. Maybe venture out of Mirador and off to where the other girls live.


New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells is best known for his horror series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, of which the first book is now an award-winning movie through IFC Midnight. His other novels include THE HOLLOW CITY, a supernatural thriller about schizophrenia, EXTREME MAKEOVER, in which a beauty company destroys the world, and two young adult science fiction series: the post-apocalypse PARTIALS and the cyberpunk MIRADOR. He has written for television, on the upcoming science fiction series EXTINCT, and wrote and produced the horror comedy stage play A NIGHT OF BLACKER DARKNESS. He cohosts the Hugo-winning podcast for aspiring writers called Writing Excuses, which has expanded to include its own writing conference. He also writes short fiction and game fiction, and edited the anthology ALTERED PERCEPTIONS to help raise funds for and awareness of mental illness. Dan lives in northern Utah with his wife, 6 children, and more than 400 boardgames.

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About Jen S

I love books, tea/coffee(by the gallon) and sour candy. I wear my nerd badge with pride and have two children ages 5 and 3 that keep me on my toes.
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