Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Review ~ Exploited (Zero Day, #1) by A. Meredith Walters

Exploited (Zero Day, #1)
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: July 25th 2017

Publisher: Loveswept, Random House

At first glance, I’m nothing out of the ordinary. I am a daughter. A sister. A friend. When you look at me you won’t see anything that warrants suspicion. I don’t look like a criminal.

My name is Hannah Whalen, but most people know me as freed0mov3rdr1v3, or “Freedom Overdrive”—one of the world’s most prolific and notorious hacktivists. My goal—my purpose—is to shed light on the evil that lurks behind the corporate and government lies we have been force-fed for too long.

My story begins with the best possible intention. Devoting my life to exposing the corrupt. The dishonest. The unethical. For that, they label me a cyber-terrorist. Wanted by the FBI, I’ve always been one step ahead.

Until I fell in love.

Because I’m sleeping with the man who’s hunting me. And he has no idea that I am his prey. Now I have to decide what’s more important: my freedom or my heart.

My Opinion

As soon as I saw the blurb for this book I needed to have it. I love hacker books, but I didn't know what I'd get, since I've never read anything by this author before. As soon as I picked it up to start reading, though, I knew I'd love it.

Exploited was an engaging read. From the first page to the last, it kept me hooked and I struggle to put it down. Walters balanced tech jargon and the hacker side of things well with normalcy to create a book that sounded believable but wasn't overly complex. It remained easy to follow and the characters' emotions shone over everything else to keep me interested. I commend her for creating an authentic book without compromising on the plot or pace.

I won't say to much about the characters as I don't want to give anything away. However, I loved Hannah and Mason. I thought they complimented each other well and the secrets they kept created a good amount of tension as I waited for everything to boil over. I enjoyed how their romance developed and I connected with both of them emotionally.

Now, I will warn you this book ends in a major cliffhanger. I knew this going in so it doesn't bother me--well not that much. I'm dying to read the concluding book Aftermath and I hope it's releasing in the fall like it states in the back of book rather than January 2018 like it say on Amazon. No doubt I will probably have to wait until January, but it's on my list of titles to look out for.

Overall, Exploited was an engaging, fast-paced, and exciting read. The romance is mixed perfectly with the tension and I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend!


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