Title: Selfie (Device Kids #1)
Author: D.S. Murphy
Your next selfie. Your last breath. ☤☠♥
When cutting-edge nanotechnology creates a healthcare revolution, Brianna Harmond and her friends hack the government’s project for their high school science fair, and create an app that can alter appearance with the swipe of your thumb. As the dangers of gene-splicing manifest in unpredictable ways, the band of misfits gain powers that border on the supernatural, while falling deeper into an underground world of DNA hackers and body modification.
As her darkest secrets are made public and her techie research cripples her little sister, Brianna finds herself in a bidding war between the government and billion-dollar tech firms, and wrestling with new abilities that defy logic. In the right hands, their scientific discovery could save the world… but in the wrong hands it will end humanity.
“A dystopian fantasy with a scifi twist that will keep you up all night.”
When an unlikely group of high school kids are put together for a science project, they’re hardly expected to get along. Let alone create an app so powerful that they literally give themselves superpowers.
This was an absolutely amazing technothriller. From the very beginning, I loved Brianna’s character. She’s a total tech-girl, hacking and modifying just about everything she comes into contact with. Whether that be her skateboard or her phone, she’s always got ideas. It’s no surprise when she becomes the face of Selfx.
The concept of the app was interesting. The way that the users can change anything about themselves. This leaves tons of possibilities for modifications when it comes to health problems and sports and the like. An unintended side effect of the app though? Superpowers.
Suspense is ramped up as the group decides whether they should release the app or sell it and get out from under its shadow. After a series of illegal decisions, the app is operating in a gray area of the law. An area that could get them arrested as domestic terrorists.
Just when they begin to think everything is going to be okay, danger enters their lives once again and this time, they might not be able to get out.
That ending left me ready for the sequel. That was probably the worst thing that could happen as a side effect. A real cliffhanger. I want to learn more about Brianna and what happens to her and the science group. Also, I want to see more into her world.
While this is the first technothriller I’ve read, I thought it was absolutely fantastic. It has an academy vibe as well as that of a dystopia. If you’re in the market for something outside the box, read this book.