One experimental government aircraft.
One chance to keep it all from going up in flames.
Still recovering from her troubled past, Farris is no stranger to change. But when the military transfers her father across the country to an experimental aircraft squadron, settling in to a new life is the least of her problems. As a series of apparent computer glitches threaten the security of the fleet and the blame falls on her father, she decides to put her computer skills to use digging up the truth. Soon she’s drawn into the perilous world of a hacker who is determined to ground the fleet—at any cost.
When all signs lead to someone close to her as the mastermind, Farris will have to burn more than bridges to get to the truth. She will have to risk her fragile new life to uncover the identity of the cyber criminal before they can escalate from harmless tampering… to all out murder.
Title: Playing With Fire (HACKER #1)
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Expected Publication Date: October 27, 2015
I'd like to thank Clean Teen Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.
I have long been a fan of Sherry Ficklin's writing. I truly have enjoyed her Extracted series and The Stolen Empire. So, of course, given the opportunity to read more of her work, I jumped on board.
I haven't ever read a hacker type novel before. So I was interested to see where this one went. I thought there would be more computer stuff in it, but it wasn't as much as I thought and I was happy about that. I'm not completely technical and didn't want to be lost.
I like how Ficklin did the world building in this one. I'm not very familiar with the military and how they live. I've heard bout families moving around a lot, so it was interested to see it from the perspective of a teen. I guess you would call Farris a military brat, from what I understand. She's moved around a bit during her life, with her father being a high ranking officer and all. And Farris has known tragedy in her life: losing her mother at a young age and also being a victim of some bullying. So she has some baggage that she carries with her.
I love the friends she makes at school. Such a large range from cheerleaders and football players, to goth dressers and geeks. She doesn't care who her friends are as long as they are her friends.
I will say that I figured out early on who the person causing the glitches was. But it didn't stop me from wanting to see how things played out. And I liked the way Farris pieced the puzzle together.
Of course this wouldn't be a teen book without some romance. I will say I felt like the romance jumped in a bit too fast. I would have liked a bit more of a slow burn. And there is the hint of a love triangle, which I'm not really a fan of. Overall, the romance was really more of a side bar for me. If it hadn't been present and the guys had just been her friends, I would have been ok with that.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It's a short and quick read (I finished in less than 24 hours). Even those who don't understand the technologies of the computer world will appreciate Farris' abilities with the computer, and the friendships she forms during this book.