The future is a lot of things. Who knew it could be all those things at once!? When it comes to sci-if, more often then not the stories tend to focus on a single transformative event or technology while leaving the rest of the world alone or worse burning it down.
Bluescreen does the great job of evolving the whole of the world while not leaving behind the little everyday things we take for granted. Great world building lives in the little details that make up our waking world. The way goods get sent to us. The way we get food. The way we listen to music. The way we get entertainment. How we get from one place to another. All unrelated things but bound together in our view of the everyday. Bluescreen evolves that world view into something new and exciting.
After that it does something even more fun. It tells a human story. It's the heart beating at the center of that newly evolved future. People trying to get by in the hectic pace of modern society. Kids that can't relate to their parents. Parents that need to control their kids. Power in the hands of irresponsible and the corrupt. None these things needed the future built in Bluescreen to be an interesting story, but built all together it becomes something better then the sum of its parts.
The human story is one of youth and it definitely fits into the realm of YA. It's high on excitement and action, but low on drama. An arrangement I prefer in my YA when I consume it. I can't wait to see what more Wells can pull from the world he's spent so much love conjuring. Mirador is a place I'd like to see again soon.
Bluescreen gets four stars out of five.