Author: Mike A. Lancaster
Pub. Date: September 6th, 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Fifteen-year-old Ani Lee is a skilled hacker researching a strange .wav file that she’s downloaded when it behaves as no file ever should.
Joe Dyson is a seventeen-year-old American transplant recruited into secret teen division of the British intelligence service who’s looking into the disappearance of a friend caught up in an underground music scene that might be more than it appears.
When Ani and Joe’s investigations intertwine, they discover that the .wav file and the music are linked—someone’s embedding the file into tracks to create a mind-controlled teen army.
But who’s behind it? And why? And how do you stop a sound?
Dotwav is a thrilling, fast paced tale full of politics, friendships, and saving the world. In it, we follow two teenage characters caught up in a political plot to change the very workings of the world. Joe and Ani inevitably meet each other and put together their resources to figure out what is going on, why, and how to stop it. Unfortunately, the bad guy they’re up against is not human, and is also controlled by someone big and powerful. This is a journey full of fear, action, adrenaline, and secret intelligence (spies!).
I found Joe to be confident but insecure, scared but proud. He loves his job but fears he will make mistakes due to a past experience and so he takes a step back. He wasn’t doing well, until his friend disappeared and he got back to business anyway. Something that unsettled me was how easy it was for him to manipulate others. He is a good character, a good kid, don’t get me wrong, but even as he grows he never really touches on that issue. He has good judgment however, and wicked quick reflexes and fighting skills. Life can be tough, but Joe never stays down for long.
Ani on the other hand is a highly skilled hacker who is in a ton of trouble because one of her buddies sent her a file not meant for anyone’s eyes but the founder and creator. That file gets Ani in a lot of trouble and soon men with guns are chasing her, teenagers are acting strange, and Ani meets Joe. Ani is brave and strong, a true fighter, She doesn’t fall or waver, and she always fights back. She doesn’t let her past shape her, she becomes her own person. For such a young girl, she has seen too much, and that leads to her strong and brave persona, making her a very admiral character.
The plot is predictable only because we know from the beginning what the file does, and then we learn who is behind it before the characters are certain. There is no mystery to what the file is, or at least not really. The only mystery and thrill we get comes from the action as men hunt down the teenagers, and why the person behind it all is doing it. That said, it is still very enjoyable. The end is satisfying.
I will admit however that the beginning is slow to start, which made it easy for me to leave this book on my shelf for a few months after only being a few chapters in. Thankfully, it picks up and is speedy the rest of the way, which made me regret leaving it on my shelf for so long. This is definitely worth reading!
Overall, Dotwav is a rich science fiction novel with everything that counts: good characters, good plot, fantastic science aspects, and a little bit of the extraterrestrial!