Book Review Of “Phantom Wheel” By Tracy Deebs @TheNovl

Believing they have been recruited by the CIA, six teen hackers arrive in LA for a hacking aptitude test with the promise of a college scholarship and a job with the CIA after graduation. But one of the teens, Owen, walks out, refusing to participate. The other five decide to stay and complete the tests. When they finish, they leave feeling equally accomplished and unnerved.
Then silence-until they receive a text from Owen: You’ve been played. He’s uncovered evidence that the hackers created “Phantom Wheel,” the most devastating virus ever made. Jacento, the corporation behind it all, plans to use this virus to gain unprecedented access to personal data. And that’s just the beginning of the devastation. Can the teen hackers stop Phantom Wheel-and protect their own secrets from being revealed-before it’s too late? (From Goodreads)

Thank you to The Novl and Little Brown for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

This was my first YA/Hacker book, and needless to say I am very pleased. I really enjoyed the fast paced nature, and the character development. I enjoyed the way the teens interacted, and trusted each other. I think having a YA book focused on intelligent, fierce teens is such a great, empowering thing for youth these days. I love that the 6 teens in this book were fearless and determined.

I also found it interested that there was six teens, but only four had the alternating chapters. I cannot help but wonder why that is. I think six would have been a lot to try to keep track of though. Sometimes it’s just too much to try to keep up with.

I feel like this could make a great movie, it was action packed, with a lot of twists and turns, add in some humor and romance, and it makes for a well-rounded YA book.

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