Still recovering from her troubled past, Farris is no stranger to change. But when the military transfers her father across the country to an experimental aircraft squadron, settling in to a new life is the least of her problems. As a series of apparent computer glitches threaten the security of the fleet and the blame falls on her father, she decides to put her computer skills to use digging up the truth. Soon she's drawn into the perilous world of a hacker who is determined to ground the fleet--at any cost.
When all signs lead to someone close to her as the mastermind, Farris will have to burn more than bridges to get to the truth. She will have to risk her fragile new life to uncover the identity of the cyber criminal before they can escalate from harmless tampering... to all out murder.
Playing with Fire is the first book in The #Hackers series, and as of the time I'm writing this, the sequel, entitled In Too Deep, is already out, and I know I want to read it. I enjoyed this book, and part of the reason is the main character, Farris. She's a teenager in her junior year of high school, and the daughter of a Marine officer who was recently transferred to a base in North Carolina. She makes an impression her very first day at the high school when she steps in to an altercation between Oliver and Reid. and finds herself involved in a relationship triangle of sorts between the two boys. While that is part of the story, the main focus is actually on solving a mystery of events that happen on the base.
This book is a relatively fast read, and I think part of that is the fact that Farris is a very likable character, and I thought she was developed well. I've read some of Sherry's other books, most notably the Stolen Empire series, and that's a trait that Catherine from that series had. I also liked Farris' father as well. He wants to protect her of course, but he knows that she won't be able to try to help out by unraveling the mystery. I think the most interesting secondary characters were Kayla, one of her new friends and Georgia, Oliver's sister.
This is a good read for those who like books set in the present day, with well-developed female main characters. My rating is 4/5 platypires.