Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier. A nobody. Level 2 trash in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border, where corporations make all the rules. A runaway since the age of 14, Kris struggled to set up her life, barely scraping by, working hard to make it without anyone’s help. Witnessing the murder of one of her clients changes everything. Now she’s stuck with a mysterious package that everyone seems to want.
Now the corporations want Kris gone, and are willing to go to almost any length to make it happen. Hunted, scared, and alone, she retreats to the only place she knows she can hide: the Level 1 streets. Running from people that seem to know her every move, she is rescued by Miller—a member of an underground resistance group—only to be pulled deeper into a world she doesn’t understand. They work together to stay ahead of the corporate killers, until Miller falls into their hands. Kris realizes being alone isn’t the answer, and she’s willing to do anything to get him back.
Worldbuilding: I loved San Angeles, with its levels, and corporations having their own agents and running things! Really fun, interesting, layered – pun intended, lol! – world.
Characters: I loved Kris. She was a survivor, having lost her parents, dealing with her aunt and uncle, running away and making it on her own as she did and does. She was easy to like, I loved her attitude, her humor, her young and somewhat vulnerable heart when it comes to potential love interests.
Plot: The chase arc was super fast paced, exciting, thrilling. Lots of action, suspense, tension – delicious! Loved it! The subtle maybe-falling-for-the-sweet-agent thingy was pretty fun too, and I loved the ending because of that. All in all, an exciting and thrilling mix.
Writing: A mix of first and third person, past tense narrative, mostly from Kris’s POV but also with insets from other other characters here and there, enough to round up the plot and make things easier to understand chase-related.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – good impulsive buy material for my Sci-Fi-ish punk reading moods.
I had a really fun time reading this baby. I recommend it to lovers of YA and cyberpunk, it’s got everything you could want: a charismatic MC, a thrilling chase, some yummy help xD, a cool world. Great fun!