Author: Lyga, Barry
Social media used to be out of control with trolls, doxxers, and hackers. But then the Hive came. Entering her senior year of high school, filled with grief over an unexpected loss, Cassie is primed to lash out. Egged on by new friends, she makes an edgy joke online. Cassie doubts anyone will notice. But the Hive notices everything. And as her viral comment whips an entire country into a frenzy, the Hive demands retribution, and Cassie is now running for her life.
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Reading Level: 5.50
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Booklist - 06/01/2019 In their first collaboration, Lyga and Baden offer a near-future dystopia, where social media dictates society’s behavior, that feels all too real. The eponymous Hive is really the collective term for users on BLINQ, an app officially sanctioned by the U.S. government that has immediate, devastating real-world consequences. When high-school senior Cassie makes a controversial joke about the president’s newborn grandchild, the Hive swiftly “condemns” her via what is essentially a “dislike” or “downvote” button. Stakes skyrocket when the president starts a doxing campaign and the government classifies Cassie as an unprecedented Level 6, or #killonsight, and suddenly she is not safe in public. Cassie finds herself among a small but brilliant resistance group with questionable motives themselves. Ultimately, she makes a move that neither the Hive nor readers will see coming. The husband-and-wife writing team capture the horrors of mob mentality in this gripping, tense, action-packed thriller that will appeal to fans of Marie Lu’s Warcross (2017) or Gregory Scott Katsoulis’ All Rights Reserved (2017). - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2019 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.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.