It just reads like a children's book with a very forced progression of events, and some of the writing is just painful:
He returned to the weapons locker and began arming himself. He slung an automatic assault rifle over his shoulder and stuffed magazines for the massive gun and his side arm into the pockets of his pants. He pulled a hard black helmet on and re-strapped his body armor.
But the server didn’t have a web address — it didn’t need one — just an IP: 18.104.22.168. Web addresses like www.google.com, www.apple.com, etc really translated to IPs — when you type an address in your web browser, a group of servers called domain name servers (DNS), match the address to an IP in their database, and send you to the right place. If you typed the IP into your browser’s address bar, you’d actually end up in the same place without the routing; 22.214.171.124 opens Google.com, 126.96.36.199 opens Apple.com, and so on.
sigh. top notch writing there. idk, maybe this is a children's book, in which case it's not half-bad, but it came decently recommended by most "top recent sci-fi books" lists online.
I haven't read any new sci-fi books; The Atlantis Gene was my first venture into newer writing. I've read Dune, The Andromeda Strain, and most of Asimov's stuff but now I want to read something fresh that's both mentally stimulating and has exciting cutting edge technology (or believable futuretech...Asimov was downright brilliant, but his futuretech is a little boring in today's world.)