Ones and Zeroes

Ones and ZeroesAuthor: Dan Wells
Series: Mirador #2
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Verdict: Buy

“There are two kinds of people in this world… There are people who matter, and people who don’t.”

Dan Wells, you do not disappoint.  I will confess, I wasn’t entirely sure how this second installment was going to go when I got started – the plot seems a little all over the place, and I still couldn’t care less about the entire Grendel subplot – but I enjoyed Ones and Zeroes.  Wells has an uncanny ability to blend and mashup genres almost with ease.  Ones and Zeroes is two parts sci-fi, one part heist, and one part Ready Player One with hints of other genres thrown in just because he can.

While Ones and Zeroes starts on rather slow, it gains speed as it goes.  The Overworld tournament finds its bearings in the plot, as does Marisa’s encounter with Alain and co.  We get guest appearances from minor characters from the first novel, as well as a slew of new characters introduced.  Marisa gets some character growth, and luckily the tease of romance between her and the newcomer isn’t too suffocating.  The Overworld matches are interesting without being tedious, and Wells somehow makes the whole plot of cyberhacking a multi-billion dollar corporation by a handful of teenagers believable.  You don’t have to be a sci-fi nerd to enjoy this series; I think that’s one of the beautiful things about it.  With the blend of so many different aspects, the Mirador series – at least so far – has a little something for everyone.