She gains mild fame at school and even has a better relationship with Chippy yes the intimidated computer teacher. Overall, she may have a shot at normal life. The plot involves Janus trying to do a good job at the Police Station and being a good friend even if the friend is hostile. It takes a lot of turns and is full of entertainment. We get to try and solve the crimes along with her while enjoying her witty one liners. There is a point where everything comes crashing on Janus and I myself had a reaction similar to this.
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But Janus is better than that! She manages to prove how strong she is and we are soon led to an end that tells us we should expect more from the hacker world and Peter. Her stint at the Police station may not take off on good grounds but we find that there is still hope for it nonetheless. Characters: My favourite character in this one is Peter. He is mysterious, loving and quite sweet. Hannah is naive and sometimes thoughtful, Sergeant Haines is a pain in the butt, scratch that!
Ethan is the bigger pain. Other virtual characters are the usual. Williams has my respect for not giving up on Janus. Conclusion: This book involves a lot of technical details which is actually understandable to the general public. At times though, I was able to appreciate my engineering degree because it finally proved useful in real life! It helped me understand a few details more clearly it really did.
This is one series that stays awesome no matter how many sequels there will be. I am ready for the next adventure Janus embarks and I m sure everyone who reads this would feel the same way. It will be worth your time.
Nov 10, Skyler rated it it was amazing Shelves: ya-teen , tech-gaming-steam-cyberpunk-sci-fi. I received a free copy of this e-book from the author. Stewart generously offered me a copy anyway. I've heard many people claim that the second book in a series could never possibly amount to the sheer intensity of the first. Well, those people have obviously never discovered the Assured Destruction series. I honestly had to pry my e-reader from my fingers to get any sleep. If you've read the first book in this series and are looking I received a free copy of this e-book from the author.
If you've read the first book in this series and are looking for more of Janus's angst and attitude paired with her oh-so-comical witty comebacks via Shadownet tweets, then you, my friend, are in for an awesome follow-up read. What I like most about Michael F. Stewart's writing style is that his words flow together in a way that's both welcoming and refreshing. The plot keeps up a steady pace all throughout without lagging somewhere towards the middle or near the end.
Script Kiddie is full of twists and turns that will leave you nursing suspicions and assumptions as you try to guess the ending before it is revealed. Who the heck is this Hannah chick? And why, oh why, does she have so much Hello Kitty crap in her room? Who is Peter really? Is he truly the retired hacker legend he claims to be or is it all a ruse for some ulterior motive? And what will happen to Tina Rose? Will her MS further deteriorate her health and leave Janus to fend for herself?
And perhaps the biggest and most important question of them all: how will Janus Rose, Script Kiddie and aspiring white hat hacker, be able to juggle all of this and complete her service hours for the High Tech Crime Unit, keep her "in a relationship" Facebook status, and save Assured Destruction from a bleak and possibly income-less future? I absolutely cannot wait for the third installment of this series! Bring it on. Aug 04, Mayur Kulkarni rated it really liked it.
Superb Read! Kudos to author Superb Read! While there was no condition involving writing a review for this one, I still decided to do it. This second volume I found just as enjoyable as the first one, mainly for similar reasons. With each chapter, I wanted to [I was sent a copy by the author, as part of my being approved by NetGalley to review book 3, in exchange for an honest opinion. With each chapter, I wanted to know what was coming next. After her stint in book 1, Jan, the main character, is still in dire straits, having to balance school, the store, her mother's illness, Peter's arrival in their lives, her new relationship with Jonny, and the many hours of community service she owes to the police.
Sure, she can stil somewhat rely on Shadownet to vent out, but mostly she's now confronted to more than she can chew, and frustration's building up. As a character, she has a lot of potential, some of which she lives up to, and some that still leaves room for improvement. She's far from perfect; she commits mistakes; sometimes she's too proud for her own good and doesn't realise what she's getting herself into until it's too late.
I guess her fatal flaw would be hubris, combined to her problems to cope with the more social aspects of life.
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She fancies herself a hacker, but is soon brought back to reality. She imagines her community service as an open door to be acknowledged as part of the police, but of course reality is harsher, and soon she's reminded she's still just a kid in many ways don't expect cop drama here, and a teenager being propelled as star of the detective show—which wouldn't be too believable anyway.
However, she also tries to fix things and help. When she's humbled by people who know more than her and who knows everything at 16! She also shows a lot of courage, involving herself in person—not because she's too stupid to live although her mistakes could get her killed , but because she genuinely wants to save other people, while knowing that waiting isn't an option.
I also appreciated how her relationship with Jonny was portrayed, because it's light on the romance part. The events of the book unfold on roughly one week, and Jan is very busy Now, considering what happens, I found this understandable. She's worried about her role regarding the police, about missing school, about being wrongly accused of hacking, about her mother whose health isn't great I can understand that. I can understand a person being unable to keep up, and I think I would have held it against Jan if she had put everything to the back of her mind to be with Jonny all the time and play lovey-dovey, the way it happens too often.
I can't say she always knows how to keep her priorities straight the carding case is a good example , but that part fits with her personality. Last but not least, what's going on with Peter is intriguing. On the one hand, I can understand Jan's wariness when it comes to this man: he's new in their lives, and with all the problems the store is facing, of course Jan is going to think he's up to something. Overall, he's sweet, caring, understanding, he tries to help her, as if he was doing his best to get her to accept him Too good to be true?
Perhaps he's just that: a man who loves her mother and wants to earn his place in the daughter's life as well fast, considering how bad Tina's health is. Or perhaps he's something else. Or more than simply that. What happens in Script Kiddy is actually good lessons for teenagers and for anyone not internet-savvy, for that matter , but not presented as such. They're integrated within the flow of the story, while dealing with real problems: phishing, how wireless devices can be a downfall, internet predators, and so on.
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The way procedures and technology in general are described is also easy to understand. Well, it's easy for me, as I know enough though I'm certainly not a specialist , but I think anyone would understand what's going on. Some things made me frown at first, and think "why is this explained? A few things bothered me; not enough to prevent me from enjoying the story, but I still feel I should mention them. The murderer's laptop was one of them: would the police really hand evidence to Jan, let her take it out of the precinct?
This I found unbelievable and considering what happens with it next, it should've tipped her off. Also, at times Jan felt just a tad bit immature when it came to the problems in her life, mainly her mother. There's just so much going on that at some point, the girl's doomed to break.
Those put aside, this second novel in the series was really a page-turner, and a good read for me. Sep 29, Sandra Valente rated it it was amazing Shelves: have-read , , mystery , action , ya. My review can be found HERE I'm going to delve right into this one, but I'm going to try not make it as long-winded as I did with the first. Stewart continues to impress me, and because I loved the first book so much, Assured Destruction, I'm surprised I loved this one even more.
It doesn't always happen that way for me. Things work either eBook copy received in exchange for my honest review I have read the first in the series, Assured Destruction. Things work either one of two ways where a series is concerned, and where I'm concerned. Either the first book is so great that the second doesn't live up to it, or, the first was somewhat slow placed that the second blows me away.
Well, the author has upped the ante! If you haven't read either of these books, I'm sorry to say, you're living on some other planet. I'll say this again, YA at it's best and I've read maybe a handful if I'm to be honest. Not only will they be distracted from FB, you as a parent may even pull your hair out, because you'll be hard pressed to get your offspring to do anything when they start reading this series.
A warning though, if you pick it up, which I hope you do, you'll have to bite your tongue, because you won't be able to put it down either. Trust me. Just because it's YA it in no way, shape or form means it's only intended for a particular age group. I have an year-old son, and this series seriously rocks. Both Assured Destruction and Script Kiddie provide intricate and complex twists and turns. To say Script Kiddie is fast-paced is putting it mildly. There is so much more happening in this book, I pulled a muscle in my brain.
Freaking adore it. Janus, or Jan, isn't so much into her old tricks, but she is doing community service in lieu of everything that went down in book one. She's now working with the police's Internet crime unit, and boy things do seem to go wrong for her. Where both she and I thought she was the bomb where hacking is concerned with the first book, we've both come to realise that she's at the bottom of the ladder. She's only but a Script Kiddie. This makes it all the more exciting for me, because I can just imagine what else Mr. Stewart is going to throw not only her way, but mine as a reader.
At this point, I rub my hands in anticipation. Jan's mother, who is wheelchair bound, is getting worse with an added complication, and Peter her mother's boyfriend is still very much present with more to him than meets the eye. I couldn't wait to read about him further by the time I got to the end of book one, and I'm not in the least disappointed with what's transpired here.
Jan, although she's with Jonny now, still has a somethin'-somethin' lapse over Karl. Jan and her mom are still in financial dire straits with no let up from the oh-so-hated bank manager. What Jan has to juggle in this book is something that would have probably put me in a comatose state, were I in her shoes. She's put on a bank card fraud case, only to be pulled off. I'll interject here as I totally understood all the terms mentioned due to hearing about, reading about and receiving Phishing e-mails to this effect! I get excited over minute things. Moving on.
She's given a computer to tear inside out in the hope of finding further information on a perp, but this ends up blowing in her face - and not her doing. A 'friend' asked her for help with some guy who is harassing her on-line, a predator, and Jan has to keep tight-lipped or Hannah threatens to kill herself. Practically within the same breath though, Hannah changes her mind and wants nothing to do with Jan. As should be, there is an underlying message here to everyone on-line. What frustrates me though is that kids and adults alike, still fall into these sort of traps!
Jan she's so super-cool , is so busy juggling every crazy scenario thrown her way, she's not behaving like a 'girlfriend'. Relationships also change and grow throughout the book. I could go on and on. Oh, I will, because Jan's many alter egos still keep me beyond entertained. These stories are refreshing, mind boggling at times as I don't know how the author even came up with all of it, and as far as I'm concerned, Jan is funnier than in the first book. I love snark, and you get it from her in bucket loads.
She can be funny to boot. All the techno speak, forums where there's yet more techno above-over-and-beyond-my-head terms, is fabulous! You don't need to understand every little thing, but I can guarantee that you will understand most of it. Even if you don't, it makes absolutely no difference. This book is action-packed. It really is. I'll end by saying that I'm ever so glad I got to read the first one, and now the follow-up.
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I gave the first one 4. I think I mentioned that I was keeping it for the second book, hopefully. Read Script Kiddie, but please read Assured Destruction first.
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Stewart, I truly adore your work with this series and look forward to it's continuation. Great writing, fabulous story, amazing premise, awesome characters. What more can a lover of books and stories ask for? Jan 12, Kathy rated it it was amazing. After reading this book, I liked it so much and was so taken by the overall plot that I went back and read the first book in the series. I really enjoyed the way the author has taken something that we read about every day i. I think this speaks loudly to young people. The author also obviously knows his stuff because, though I am not an expert, I can see that a lot of what happens and is done is correct and doable.
As part of her community service from the first book , she is working with the police in a high crime tech unit. Her job becomes profiling and tracking a murderer.
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This seems like a great job, but, and this is my one fault with the book, I am not sure that any organization such the one she is working in, would expect her to profile and expose a killer. Nor do I think any police section would ever place anyone who is there as part of a community service requirement in the jeopardy this assignment gives her. They would be more likely to give the task to one of their own, more senior, paid members or would go within the force to find a candidate.
I really think this was a bit farfetched to me. Nevertheless, the story proceeds well and is quite well developed. All these only add to her stress level. Still, she handles is quite well considering her age and experience. This is another reason I was impressed with the main character. I am eager to see just where the next addition of this series goes. I think lots of young people would enjoy the books. They have just the right mix of realism, contemporary culture and good, common sense.
Young people would benefit from reading about this young girl and her exploits. In addition, anyone who works with young people would enjoy it also, since there are so many good points about the books and the series thus far. I received this from Library Thing to read and review. I received a copy of Script Kiddie in exchange for my honest review as part of a Tribute book tour.
After being given community service in the police department because of her crimes in Assured Destruction, Janus is charged with profiling a killer from a laptop she is given. At the same time she is having to deal with her Mum's worsening illness, her Mum's mysterious boyfriend, and she has to keep her own relationship with Jonny alive. Add to that, that her friend Hannah needs her help with a child lurer, and Janus has her hands full. Can she continue to do her work from a distance or will she end up in physically demanding situations again. It has to be handed to Stewart, the sequel is as good as the first book, which can be quite difficult to achieve it must be said!
Once again Janus' story is action packed, while maintaining her own teenage life. One of the things I really liked about her character is the fact that she makes mistakes, and not just mistakes in one part of her life, but rather in most of them. Though I am glad that by the end her and Jonny were still together, there was a moment where I was worried that they would break up. I have a serious problem with being too into fictional characters!
I thought that I took a slightly different approach to reading Script Kiddie than I did Assured Destruction, probably because I knew exactly what I was going to be reading, and by this point I'd already met Janus and felt like I had got to know her. At a push I think you could read Script Kiddie without reading the first book, but I don't think that you should, not just because it is a brilliant book, but because there are certain things that will make more sense, after all you can't expect the author to spend half of the book repeating the first one!
I was glad to see that Shadownet hadn't completely disappeared, and in the most part Jan uses them as twitter feeds, talking to one another. I guess this could come across as her being a little crazy, after all she does seem to have multiple personalities on Shadownet, but as a character herself she does seem pretty well rounded. As with the first book, the style of Script Kiddie was lighthearted, despite the sometimes serious subject matter of the story, like the pedophile that Jan is determined to stop, and at times it had me laughing out loud.
I would highly recommend reading Script Kiddie after reading Assured Destruction that is , it is a brilliant series, and engaging in a way that really surprised me! After all, I never thought this was my kind of book before! Apr 13, Lauren Northern Plunder rated it really liked it Shelves: owned-ebooks , reviewed-blogspot , books-for-review-pre , series-completed , read-during-university , book-challenge. This review was first posted on Northern Plunder , if you want to see more reviews please click here. As mentioned I received all three books of the Assured Destruction series in exchange for an honest review as part of the book tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours, this will in no way effect my opinion of the book.
Ever worry about taking a break from a series and worrying about not remembering what happened? Fear not, Script Kiddie picks up shortly after where Assured Destruction finished and if that This review was first posted on Northern Plunder , if you want to see more reviews please click here. Fear not, Script Kiddie picks up shortly after where Assured Destruction finished and if that is not good enough well as this story progresses it drops a few reminders about key events from the previous.
This is so helpful especially after long hours painting. Janus' introduction to becoming a police sidekick doesn't quiet go as smoothly as planned, one of the officers has already taken to her badly and well the other, whilst she supports her, Janus just finds herself doing everything but what they wanted, even with all her good intentions. Upon returning to school she's faced with a surprise science test, which can only go so well when you've been in hospital for a few weeks, and Hannah wanting her help with a very secretive and delicate subject matter than only Janus could handle.
Only can Janus handle tracking down a paedophile, removing the evidence he has of Hannah and shutting him down for good on her own? Not to mention realising just how much money troubles her mums having back home, surely this is too much for one kid to handle, especially when she starts to have doubts about her own hacking skills, is she at best a Script Kiddie?
Initially everything seems downhill for Janus and I think that is why I keep coming back to this book and enjoying it so much, she is real life person and can only handle so much at once much like everyone else. She isn't a Superhero or Princess, she doesn't posses magical abilities - just knows her way around coding more than others around her. Yet she doesn't give up, she keeps going until she manages to solve as much as she's able. Even if she leaves a bit of destruction in her path.
And it means that I need to reread a good portion of the book to get back into it. One trick I use on a day to day basis is to never finish a chapter. This works day to day, but not after big break. So the solution for problem one is And write more consistently. Write every day. The reason is because the premise is more compelling to me, simple as that.
I need to be done a draft by then.