Lancaster, Mike A.: dotwav.
4Q * 4P * J * S
Lancaster, Mike A. dotwav. Egmont, 2015. 432p. $17.99. 978-1-60684-581-3.
Ani Lee is a fifteen-year-old gifted hacker who gets hold of a secret .wav file and suddenly finds armed men coming after her. Joe Dyson is a teenage spy for a secret division of the British intelligence service looking into the disappearance of a friend who recently became involved with an underground music scene. As both teens try to figure out what is going on, their paths eventually intersect. The .wav file and the X-Core music scene lead to uncovering an alien communication and a megalomaniacs mind control plan for world domination.
This is a fast-paced science fiction thriller that does not let up on its breakneck speed until towards the end, when a few science information dumps slow things down. Though this makes the ending more anticlimactic, it does leave readers with some interesting food for thought. The viewpoint switches between Ani and Joe from chapter to chapter until they finally meet up. After that point, the viewpoint starts switching between several different characters from one paragraph to the next. There are allusions to some darker psychological issues--Jack has anger issues and Ani's mother is in a mental hospital--and a couple of graphic scenes involving Ani's mentally ill mother. These serve to support the high-octane plot rather than as character development, however. With teenage spies, hackers, music, mind control, and aliens from outer space, this exciting wish fulfillment caper with teen heroes saving the day is sure to appeal. --Elizabeth Matson.