Upload

Someone’s always watching. Jay Brooks’s life is in chaos. His mother’s sudden death has unhinged his father, making Jay a stranger in his own home. He seeks solace by spending his spare time with his best friend, Bennie, but matters are further complicated by his crush on Chloe, Bennie’s older sister. A wheelchair-bound hacker, Bennie Welch practically lives in his basement computer lab. Longing to make genuine connections to the outside world, he secretly films people’s precious memories for later sale and surfs the crowds at rave parties, despite the danger to his frail body. One night, Jay’s hobby of Wi-Fi hotspot hunting turns serious when he unwittingly blunders into the scene of a crime and downloads a mysterious transmission. When Jay brings Bennie the contents of the transfer, Bennie embraces the opportunity to use his skills to investigate. As Jay and Bennie dig deeper into the world of electronic secrets, they find that the simple video has far-reaching implications that not only threaten their lives, but society as they know it. Tracing the mysterious coalition responsible leads them on an inexorable journey that will change them forever.

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By Meghan (San Antonio, TX) · ★★★★☆ · October 23, 2014
This was such an interesting, fun and well written book. With characters that just pull you in and make you want to learn more about them - especially Jay and Benny (and Jay's dad - I was curious about him from the very beginning). From the minute that Jay hears the girl scream, I could not put t... ...more
By Al (Pocatello, ID) · ★★★★☆ · February 07, 2013
Would I be saying too much about myself if I admit that one of the things I liked about Upload is that Jay and Bennie, the two main characters, are … pick your word, nerds or geeks. They’re the kids with different interests than the typical teen, maybe not as socially adept, and in Bennie’s case,... ...more
By Brenda (Decatur, IL) · ★★★★★ · December 26, 2012
High schoolers caught up in an adult world. Although tech savvy, they still have a lot to learn about corruption, greed, and egos. And of course, besides the material things going on around them, there has to be some emotional rides as well.

The only reason I picked up this book was because one of... ...more
By Tee loves Kyle Jacobson (Worcester, MA) · ★★★★★ · January 23, 2013
First I would like to say that Upload is a great story about friendship, loss, and finding ones self. I loved how Collin created this world where one curious move lead to a series of things happening to best friends. Curiosity killed the cat is the saying and sometimes it is true. In this case it... ...more
By Diana (Offbeat Vagabond) (The United States) · ★★★★★ · February 12, 2013
Original review here: http://offbeatvagabond.blogspot.com/2013/02/red-adept-publishing-presents-indie.html

Upload is a story that follows a teen after he has stumbled on something tragic. He has witnessed a terrible crime and has caught it all on film. He doesn't know where to go with his find, bu... ...more
By Laurie (Murchison, TX) · ★★★★☆ · January 25, 2013
I thought this was a very enjoyable read. Jay is a capable, creative and extremely likable. I also loved Bennie; his wheelchair bound geeky friend and Chloe, Bennie’s sister and Jay’s love interest. When I like and can relate to the main characters in a story it is almost guaranteed that I will f... ...more
By Bridgette · ★★★★☆ · November 03, 2013
An interesting read that breaks away from my usual choices. Some good twists to the plot. The characters are well developed, too. I found myself having a hard time putting this book down because I had to see what came next. Good to see another member of the Lander Alumni spreading their wings and... ...more
By Bosurmyhome (The United States) · ★★★★★ · March 14, 2013
Just loved this book. From the moment I met the main characters Bennie & Jay I was hooked. Intelligently written, this techno suspense thriller delivers. ...more
By Peg (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 30, 2014
A little too far-fetched for me to enjoy. Monitors embedded in people's eyes or contact lenses! People using that info for good or evil. I like mysteries but not Sci Fi. This was more of the latter. ...more
By Algot (Natick, MA) · ★★★☆☆ · February 15, 2013
At only about 10% into the book, it had me hooked in. Kids (young adults) with geek skills capture some disturbing video. It's like a snuff film, but first person POV. Worse, it doesn't seem at all like acting. The video is like looking through the eyes of a murderer.

The story ramps up from there... ...more