Exploited (Zero Day, #1) by A. Meredith Walters
Published by Loveswept (Penguin Random House) on July 25, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
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In this pulse-pounding novel from the bestselling author of Butterfly Dreams, a vigilante hacker plays a seductive game with the agent who’s chasing her online—and sharing her bed in real life.
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.
Note: Exploited ends on a cliffhanger. Hannah’s story continues in Aftermath.
Exploited was the first book I’ve read by A. Meredith Walters. When I saw the blurb, I was immediately intrigued. A female hacker and a FBI agent who tracks hackers? Yes, please. The storyline caught my attention and I couldn’t wait to jump in.
I have to be honest and tell you that the book read way too slow for me. I felt like a lot of stuff was drawn out and I found myself itching to skim to get past it. I didn’t but I had the urge. Exploited is told in dual POV and I think that the way it was written from each POV, it allowed for some of the same stuff to be repeated. I think for this particular story and for what happened, we didn’t need to get both sides of the same situations all the time because it didn’t really bring anything extra to it. This is just my personal opinion and I think that is why it read so slow for me.
I liked that Hannah got an adrenaline rush and that overall excited feeling when she was in her hacking world. The suspense, the idea that you could get caught and the thought of people searching for you is all exciting. I get it. She was living two lives but it all came down to the thrill of hacking. She has a personal reason for why she does what she does that gives her a bit more likability but it does’t really save her. As of right now, I’m hoping the next book redeems her actions.
I’m not sure how I feel about Mason. Overall, I think he’s a great guy with a big heart and I liked him but I had a hard time believing his FBI experience and not being able to catch FreedomOveride (Hannah’s hacker name). The connections of the hackers identity was basically handed to him and he didn’t really make any connections on his own. He’s supposed to be the best, right? Then why was everything handed to him? Because of the secret person who wants to see Hannah go down?
Overall, I enjoy the storyline and think that it has a lot of potential. I was left in suspense at the end, dying to get the answers that I needed. I will read the next book because I want my answers! I just hope that it reads a bit faster than this one.