12 February 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Bluescreen (Mirador #1) by Dan Wells

Welcome to our stop on the Bluescreen Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Follow the Whole Tour HERE

Bluescreen (Mirador #1) by Dan Wells.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction.
Publication: February 16th 2016 by Balzer & Bray.
Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. That connection is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen—and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, but she lives on the net—going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen—a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, non-chemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence, returns with a stunning new vision of the near future—a breathless cyber-thriller where privacy is the world’s most rare resource and nothing, not even the thoughts in our heads, is safe.

Guest Post: Playlist for Bluescreen by Dan Wells

I love music, and I love making soundtracks for my books. Every book I write has, at minimum, a theme song, a playlist, a Pandora station. Sometimes I get even more elaborate, but I won't bore you with all the obsessive details. Today we'll keep it simple: my playlist for Bluescreen. Most of it is Korean pop, with a bunch of Latin music mixed in, partly because I love both kinds of music, and partly because the cast and the story are very international, and I wanted a playlist to match. So here you go:

Nu-ABO, by f(x)
I love f(x). If I were forced to choose a favorite K-Pop group, it would be very painful, but it would probably be f(x). One of the things I love about them is that they get very experimental with their music--you don't see that as much with this song as you do with something like, say, Red Light, but even on this super poppy, easy access track they're still doing some pretty interesting stuff. I love it.

Fantastic Baby, by Big Bang
If you don't know Big Bang yet, you will soon. They're one of the biggest groups in the world, and poised to explode onto the American music scene. This is my favorite of theirs--relentlessly catchy, and easy to sing along with even you don't speak Korean.

Vivir Sin Aire, by ManĂ¡
ManĂ¡ is a Mexican rock band, and I love them so much I slipped an homage into Bluescreen that I'm totally not telling you about; you'll just have to find it as an Easter Egg. The main character of Bluescreen is Mexican, a teenager girl named Marisa Carneseca, so I wanted to make sure to get some good Mexican stuff on the playlist. This one is a love song, and much slower and sadder than the rest of the playlist, but totally awesome.

You Don't Love Me, by SPICA
K-Pop is known for its manufactured feel--precise choreography, pre-packaged songs, and auto-tuned voices are part of the whole vibe--but all five members of SPICA do all of their own singing, and every last one of them is phenomenal. This song is peppy and sassy and, believe it or not, bluesy, and I love it.

No Mercy, by SISTAR
This is not even close to SISTAR's biggest hit, and in fact there's not even a video available online, but it's my favorite of theirs. I don't why, it just is. I don't have to explain myself to you.

My Copycat, by Orange Caramel
In contrast to the last song, this one totally has a video, and you totally need to look it up. Then watch all of Orange Caramel's other videos while you're at it, because they're amazing.

Popocateptl, by Fey
I lived in Mexico in the late 90s, which is why you're getting two late 90s Mexican songs on my playlist. This one is kind of techno, but mostly it's just super weird. "Popocateptl" is an Aztec god, and the name of the volcano right next to Mexico city. And in case you're curious, yes, I can sing the entire middle section of this song, at speed, in Spanish. It's super fun., by Lee-Hi
Another bluesy K-Pop song, this one was the song that got me into K-Pop in the first place, though I honestly don't remember how I stumbled onto it. It became the theme song for the book, because the repeated line "Game Over" fit so well with my story about girl gamers.

Red, by Hyuna
Hyuna is one of the superstars of Korean music, and one of the few that can survive as a solo act in a music scene built around packaged groups. I love this song for the lyrics, though I had to look them up to get a translation. The key line is "A monkey's butt is red," and the whole song is kind of built around that idea: that our concepts of what is sexy and attractive and appealing may seem very sophisticated, but they all go back to very old, primal, evolutionary triggers and instincts. It's a challenge to the world, and a very in-your-face song.

Bailando, by Gente de Zona
I first heard this song, like most people, in the Enrique Iglesias version, but his Spanish zeta accent drives me up the wall. The original is by the Cuban group Gente de Zona, and I love it. I defy you to listen to this song and not feel like dancing.

Crush, by 2NE1
If I had to pick a favorite K-Pop group, and for some reason didn't pick f(x), I'd pick 2NE1. They're more of a rap group than a pop group, and this is easily my favorite of theirs. I could listen to it all day.

Nilili Mambo, by Block B
I saved the best for last. Nilili Mambo is one of my favorite songs ever. Roll the windows down and blast this one for the whole neighborhood--they'll thank you.

Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of BLUESCREEN, US Only.

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Dan Wells is a thriller and science fiction writer. Born in Utah, he spent his early years reading and writing. He is he author of the Partials series (Partials, Isolation, Fragments, and Ruins), the John Cleaver series (I Am Not a Serial Killer, Mr. Monster, and I Don't Want To Kill You), and a few others (The Hollow City, A Night of Blacker Darkness, etc). He was a Campbell nomine for best new writer, and has won a Hugo award for his work on the podcast Writing Excuses; the podcast is also a multiple winner of the Parsec Award.

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  1. Thank you for the giveaway and great book.

  2. This one has been on my wishlist since I first read the blurb

  3. Love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. I'm going to have to check some of the songs on that playlist out. I've been a big fan of Dan Wells Partial series and can't wait to start the Mirador series:)