"No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better."
Teenagers at Wisconsin's Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.
This book was so freaking enjoyable! So great to read it, and yeah, proof of it's awesomeness is that I started reading it around 12 am. I finished just before 4 am. True that this was all on a Saturday, but still, I have a problem with a good sleep schedule and this kinda wreaked it for a bit. So yeah, that's how great this book was!
One thing that this book explores, quietly in the background, is the different between a need and a want. And that if these teens really knew the difference-and the seriousness of the situation-then this whole thing might not have happened. Because you don't need a phone. You need air, food, water, shelter, clothing, and functioning organs, like DJ. I wonder what a request for a job-or even the serious chance of getting a job, would count, because a job earns the money to get most needs. Thoughts?
A bigger idea that was explored, was the anonymity of the internet and how that can change actions, and how people think it's harmless. Because those small actions that they thought were harmless snowballed into a big, bad thing!
This book had a variety of POV's, to show the teens as they found things to "need," fill out the requirements for their need to be processed-things that usually helped out other needs. These characters all had something to say, and I loved how well-developed they were for sometimes only 2 pages on screen!
Loved that ending, that was great, and that final page, wow, great ending! Joelle Charbonneau is such a great author, I can't wait to read her next book (and the rest of The Testing series!)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Read: March 12th, 2016
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a LLFL Book and a SAC 2016 Book!
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Published: November 3rd 2015