The Hive

KCP Loft. Sept. 2019. 416p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781525300608.
Gr 9 Up–Who better to police public behavior than the public themselves? Individual posts and actions can be Liked, Disliked, and Condemned, and Hive Justice is swift and inventive. When a snarky comment goes viral, Cassie McKinney finds herself at Level 6: the Hive Mob can kill on sight. Cassie, an expert hacker, goes on the run, stumbling across other renegades, but she’s not sure whom she can trust. Peppered with coding lingo and hashtag commentary, the novel reads like a movie waiting to happen, with breathless, nonstop action; rooftop chases; and an attractive, diverse group of characters. Authors Lyga and Baden, working from a concept from actor Jennifer Beals and producer Tom Jacobson, take current social media ideas to the next level, with a population comfortable with camera everywhere, a governmental mandate to be connected, and Blinq, an all-encompassing platform.
VERDICT A gripping immersion in social media gone wrong. Buy Marie Lu’s Warcross and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One first, and consider this if there is money remaining in the budget

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