First Impression Friday

-| First Impression Friday… The Dark Net |-

First Impression Friday is hosted by J.W. Martin.

First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther.

Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.

The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. This force is threatening to spread virally into the real world unless it can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew:
Twelve-year-old Hannah – who has been fitted with the Mirage, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness – wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people.
Lela, a technophobic journalist, has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover.
Mike Juniper, a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons, has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs.
And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous.
They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.

Ok so I’ve read 3 chapters of this book (34 pages) and I have some mixed feelings. I’ve never done a post like this before as I normally like to read the full book before I tell you what I think about it.

So I’ve read a small amount from each of the characters mentioned in the synopsis and I just don’t know if I’m feeling it. We begin with Hannah being fitted with her visual prosthetic, I don’t know how well that will go.

Lela I just don’t see as ever being a real person, how can a journalist not want to use technology, not even email? She sends everyone letters, how does she expect to keep up with the pace at which her job is evolving. I just feel the author has made her character too much the opposite of the hackers included, almost to the point where it’s taking me out of the story. Juniper and Derek I don’t really have any thoughts on yet.

I really hope that I will enjoy this as you may know that I enjoy anything to do with cybercrime and the misuse of technology.

Fingers crossed I enjoy this book, if you have read this before then please let me know.
See you guys in the next one…

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