Assured Destruction

I received this book through the group Shut Up & Read’s Read it and Reap program on Goodreads. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

First Impression: I really loved Jan and I had an instant attachment to her. She has such a quirky personality that you can’t help but love. Also, I felt so bad for Johnny, because I really wanted him to be happy and with Jan. They would be so cute together. As for their relationship, you’ll have to read it to find out…

Overall, the story flows smoothly. When I was fifty or so pages to the end, I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what happened. This book mostly resembles a Technology-Mystery book. I love figuring out mysteries and I have gotten pretty good at it, but this book kept me guessing. I never knew what would be thrown at me next. And I especially enjoyed that.

One of the things that surprised me about this book was how convincing Jan’s narration was. I know many authors write across genders; however, I really enjoyed this author’s “gender swap”. He is able to capture the girl essence in the character so well, that it doesn’t feel like a man had written this story. It feels like Jan wrote the story.

The avatars that Jan controls are all separate entities, but they all add up to Jan. Each one is a part of her that she created from tidbits of others’ lives, but continued through her own. My favorite would have to be Heckleena and Gumps. Gumps is so wise and feels like a giant computer teddy bear. Heckleena was awesome; she made me laugh and chuckle countless times. She’s like me, we like to heckle people.

This book had a bunch of developing relationships. At first, I didn’t like Ellie, and by the end, I REALLY didn’t like Ellie. She’s like that one girl in high school who has to be perfect but she just isn’t. She gets annoying and then you can’t deal with her anymore. She also has the rich-snob-pretty girl attitude. I liked Hannah, she was a nice secondary character who you couldn’t help but feel bad for, but you were also happy for her at the same time. Jan develops some love interests and I didn’t like the one she was originally leaning towards. In the end, I think she made the right choice.

I really enjoyed this book and it will absolutely be on my favorites shelf. The end of the book leads to there being a sequel or even a series? Which I think is a great idea. This book can definitely stand on its own, but I would love to know what mischief Jan gets into next.

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