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Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive. Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers - like Cassie's dad - were powerless against it. But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many "condemns," and a crowd can come Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive. Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers - like Cassie's dad - were powerless against it. But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many "condemns," and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. It's safer, fairer and perfectly legal. 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. One moment Cassie is anonymous; the next, she's infamous. And running for her life. With nowhere to turn, she must learn to rely on herself - and a group of Hive outcasts who may not be reliable - as she slowly uncovers the truth about the machine behind the Hive. New York Times bestselling authors Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden have teamed up for the first time to create a novel that's gripping, terrifying and more relevant every day, based on a story proposal by Jennifer Beals and Tom Jacobson.


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Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive. Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers - like Cassie's dad - were powerless against it. But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many "condemns," and a crowd can come Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive. Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers - like Cassie's dad - were powerless against it. But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many "condemns," and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. It's safer, fairer and perfectly legal. 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. One moment Cassie is anonymous; the next, she's infamous. And running for her life. With nowhere to turn, she must learn to rely on herself - and a group of Hive outcasts who may not be reliable - as she slowly uncovers the truth about the machine behind the Hive. New York Times bestselling authors Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden have teamed up for the first time to create a novel that's gripping, terrifying and more relevant every day, based on a story proposal by Jennifer Beals and Tom Jacobson.

30 review for The Hive

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ⚜️ Author of Filthy Trash and Unhinged Psychos ⚜️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I really liked Barry Lyga's "I Hunt Killers" series - it was dark and edgy in a way that few young adult books these days dare to be - so when I saw that he was writing a dystopian thriller with his wife, I was all over that like white on rice, even though I tend to side-eye a lot of dystopian novels with their outlandish concepts and lack of world-building. Color me shocked, then, when THE HIVE ended up being one of my new favorite young adult novels in recent history, roping Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I really liked Barry Lyga's "I Hunt Killers" series - it was dark and edgy in a way that few young adult books these days dare to be - so when I saw that he was writing a dystopian thriller with his wife, I was all over that like white on rice, even though I tend to side-eye a lot of dystopian novels with their outlandish concepts and lack of world-building. Color me shocked, then, when THE HIVE ended up being one of my new favorite young adult novels in recent history, roping me in from start to finish. Take caution when looking at the reviews for this book, as there are a lot of people crying about the political content. Honestly, considering how obsessed conservative people are about "snowflakes," they can be remarkably sensitive. Politics and books shouldn't be separate. Books are the ideal platform to write about real-world issues in allegorical format, in the same way that George Orwell wrote his books to protest against and warn people about totalitarianism and communism. #my2cents THE HIVE is a book set in the near future, under a Trump-like president. Everyone's connected to a government-owned social media platform called BLINQ that connects to all of their other social media outlets. Users are encouraged to "trend positive" and going viral is still the ideal - but there's a cost. In addition to likes and reblogging, users can also "condemn." And if you get "condemned" by enough users, it triggers something called a "Hive Alert," subjecting the user to the vigilante justice of Internet mobs. Cassie is the daughter of a notorious hacker who is dead. She talks to an AI version of him in her phone that they programmed together, preferring this virtual version of her father to her real-life mother. After her father's death, they became very poor, which means a new home and also a new school. Her salty personality bring her to the attention of the popular kids, who are bemused by her bad attitude, and want to indoctrinate her into their ranks. One day, while talking about ways to trend positive and go viral, they think about ways to make fun of the new-born baby of the President's favorite daughter (*cough* Ivanka *cough*) and Cassie makes one that's super edgy - And then, everything goes to heck. This book was amazing. At first, I found Cassie hard to like, but she grew on me and her pain and angst was understandable. I loved the portrayal of the Hive and the cautionary message of not just living your life through a screen, but also allowing it to depersonalize other human beings and jumping on the bandwagon without knowing all the facts. I think THE HIVE is especially relevant in today's age, where Tweeting the wrong thing can cause you to lose your job, and algorithms on YouTube propel you to ever-more-radical content, the more videos you watch. This is so much more than your typical "technology = bad" formula; the author actually seems familiar with hacking, technology, and coding, and uses this knowledge to write a surprisingly deep and meaningful book about the looming horizons of technology's potential and what it could mean for us. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!   5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    The Hive, a young adult book, was a solid 3.5 stars. I found The Hive to be an interesting read, especially in today’s society and the growing popularity of social media. The book centers around main character Cassie, a teenager whose life was turned upside down with the death of her father. Cassie is a firm believer in The Hive (a sort of mob group that legally doles out justice for online abusers)-that is until she finds herself being the next target. Desperate to fit in with the popular crowd The Hive, a young adult book, was a solid 3.5 stars. I found The Hive to be an interesting read, especially in today’s society and the growing popularity of social media. The book centers around main character Cassie, a teenager whose life was turned upside down with the death of her father. Cassie is a firm believer in The Hive (a sort of mob group that legally doles out justice for online abusers)-that is until she finds herself being the next target. Desperate to fit in with the popular crowd at her new school, Cassie writes a heinous comment on social media as a joke. As Cassie’s comment goes viral, people are outraged and Cassie is forced to run for her life. The Hive is overall an interesting book and very well-written. I’d recommend this to fans of fiction and young adult books. Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy in exchange of an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    3.5 to 4 Stars It's no secret that I fell in love with Lyga's writing after reading his I Hunt Killers series. It was imaginative, dark and completely addicting. I vowed after finishing it that I would absolutely try anything else the man wanted to write. Which of course was why when I saw The Hive, I was so freaking excited to try it. After reading the synopsis and checking out the cover, I knew it was going to be hands down a completely unique take on something that could in our soc 3.5 to 4 Stars It's no secret that I fell in love with Lyga's writing after reading his I Hunt Killers series. It was imaginative, dark and completely addicting. I vowed after finishing it that I would absolutely try anything else the man wanted to write. Which of course was why when I saw The Hive, I was so freaking excited to try it. After reading the synopsis and checking out the cover, I knew it was going to be hands down a completely unique take on something that could in our society, just very well happen. I knew this would be enthralling and more than likely, terrifying. And it is terrifying, simply because...what if. What if something like this, in the not so distant future happened? Can you see it? I can and that, is terrifying. With so many of us dependent upon our phones, our life lines to the world and those pesky devices that keeps us informed of just about everything, what if something like this could happen? Shudders. Truly a story that will keep you engaged, interested, and hoping like heck, it never comes true. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    3.5 stars really from me. I enjoyed this much more than I usually enjoy my 3 star reads and I read the bulk of it in just two days. I never really considered quitting, and I do sometimes have that thought for my 3 star reads. The Hive is a book about the dangers of social media taken to the extreme. Sometime in the not so distant future it is decided that people should be held accountable for absolutely everything they do online. When a person turns 13, they are given a social media i 3.5 stars really from me. I enjoyed this much more than I usually enjoy my 3 star reads and I read the bulk of it in just two days. I never really considered quitting, and I do sometimes have that thought for my 3 star reads. The Hive is a book about the dangers of social media taken to the extreme. Sometime in the not so distant future it is decided that people should be held accountable for absolutely everything they do online. When a person turns 13, they are given a social media identity that belongs only to them. Everything they say can be liked or condemned. If you receive enough condemn votes, you become subject to Hive justice. Once that happens, people are alerted to the perpetrator’s presence via phone notifications, along with a picture of the perpetrator and the level of justice the Hive is allowed to inflict (1-5). The people who endorse the Hive form a mob and hunt down the condemned. At level 1 the punishment is small, but surely humiliating, at level 5 punishment is more severe and the humiliation less likely to fade away quietly. It’s an interesting concept, and the mobs we see in this book are pretty terrifying. Mobs quickly escalate out of control and even people who normally make sound choices can get sucked in. There were some technical issues with The Hive that I was able to look past, but I can see being an issue for other readers. For starters – the protagonist, despite how smart she is (or how smart we are told she is), she makes a lot of dumb choices. The antagonists are all painfully obvious to the reader while Cassie remains totally oblivious. Some of the situations and their subsequent resolutions are just a little too convenient to be believable in terms of the plot, and a lot Cassie’s abilities as a hacker seem really far fetched. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it, and in fact, once Cassie finds herself in hot water, I was up late reading this book until I couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer. I just had to see where the book was going next, and it kept me pretty sucked in until the end. The characters are all pretty fun, if a little flat. Although Cassie, the MC, is fairly unlikeable (and the thing she says that gets her in trouble is horrible– cringe inducing really). She spends a lot of the early pages disliking everyone and everything, generally being as tiresome as moody teenagers can be. I don’t know that she becomes any more likable as the book goes on, but she does at least become tolerable. The book includes, at the end of some chapters, different posts (what I want to say here is Tweets, but technically in the book they’re from a platform called BLINQ) from some of the characters in the book as well as posts from non-characters.  I really enjoyed the addition of them and thought they added a lot to feeling what was going on in the wider world, as well as upping the ante for Cassie, who we know will be subject to their justice. Aside from the earlier issues I mentioned, the ending seems a little anticlimactic. Throughout the book the action and the intrigue are building and building, and then the resolution is so mind boggling simple that it ended up feeling unbelievable. Regardless, I did enjoy it and read through it all pretty quickly.  If you like the concept at all I think this book is well worth picking up.  Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC for review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    This book wasn't the best book I've ever read, nor the worst book I ever read. Very middle-of-the-road. Here's a quick summation of what exactly The Hive is: it's a program that is essentially SJW justice on steroids. As in, "I don't like your opinion so that gives me the right to assault/murder you." And that's exactly what this book is all about. Set in a near future where you a persecuted for having a difference in opinion, for complaining that your life sucks, or just for having a This book wasn't the best book I've ever read, nor the worst book I ever read. Very middle-of-the-road. Here's a quick summation of what exactly The Hive is: it's a program that is essentially SJW justice on steroids. As in, "I don't like your opinion so that gives me the right to assault/murder you." And that's exactly what this book is all about. Set in a near future where you a persecuted for having a difference in opinion, for complaining that your life sucks, or just for having a different sense of humor from the general population. All us dark-humored folks would probably be dead in this world. Just saying. The "joke" that got Cassie into trouble in the first place? Here it is (she's talking about a the newborn grandson of the President that's all wrinkly and blotchy and people think the baby is ugly because it's not as if all newborns look like that right?): Too bad the abortion didn't take #betterlucknextbaby Now,I'm not offended by this joke. I'm pro-choice. My issue, though, was throughout the entire book the main characters acted as if this were the funniest "joke" to ever grace the planet. It just isn't funny from a humor standpoint. Hell...it's not even a joke. It's just a post that makes fun of a newborn for looking like a newborn. Also she's kinda saying that the world would be better off from an aesthetic standpoint if the kid had been aborted which is just in poor taste because common, are you really that superficial? Fair warning: if you don't like to read from an unlikable character's point of view, avoid this book like the plague. I have nothing against reading an unlikable character, but Cassie... oh boy she's just a raging bitch. I had a really hard time forcing myself through this book because all she did was act like an entitled brat that could do no harm. She admits she likes to tear down other people because, I quote, "It feels damn good.". She hates her mother for no apparent reason (and her mom is wonderful btw, like she's supportive and wants the best for her daughter but isn't too pushy about it). She's a straight up bitch to all the women in her life but as soon a a boy comes along she acts all meek and sweet. When she's on the run from Hive Justice, she blames everyone BUT herself for the shit she got herself into; she blames the girls she was hanging out with for "goading her into making the post" although she was the one to come up with, type, and post the, um, "joke" (she actually wanted to post the "joke" before all the other girls so they wouldn't go viral instead of her), and she blames her mother for... well I don't know but she somehow blames her mother for the situation she's in as well. Now onto the little things that bothered me: 1. Mom Rachel is a classics professor at, wait for it, Microsoft/Buzzfeed University. That's right. That just made me laugh because honestly WTF. 2. Cassie considers compliments to be "microaggressions". Bitch, give me a break. 3. The authors seemed to consider study groups to be cheating?? 4. Cassie is so dumb sometimes like holy shit she straight up texts her locations to girl when she's on the run, which both get raided, and then she blames the guy who's been helping her out all along. 5. About a quarter of this book is dedicated to this one plot to take down the government and The Hive, but they never use it. Seriously, this book could have been 100 pages shorter. And now for the part you all knew was coming: the neuroscience rant. First off, can I just ask why authors don't take five minutes to go to google and do some quick research into the neuroscience they want to use/mention in their books? And why do they always inevitably write "Oh well no one really knows how this part/mechanism of the brain works."? There are three major branches of science dedicated solely to the brain: neuroscience (my personal favourite, if you couldn't tell), cognitive science, and psychology. "Brain science" is way more evolved than you may think.We know A LOT about what's going on up there. It only takes a few clicks, and so will you. Effort, people. Effort. Anyway, in the book, a detective tells mom Rachel that "no one really knows how human memory works or why memories degrade" (while psychologically torturing her by the way, so be prepared for some of that in the book). False. We know exactly how memories form and degrade. Memories form through a (complicated) process called Long-Term Potentiation (LTP). Ever heard "Neurons that fire together wire together"? That's what memory my dudes. And how do they degrade, well, when you don't use the neural pathway dedicated to a certain memory, it essentially dies (not the whole neuron btw, just the synapses or receptors et autres). There. Simple. Google is a great tool, you guys. Anyway, that's that. I really have nothing else to say about this book. Again, it wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    I'd watch that movie The Hive makes an okay book, but it'll be a better movie. It certainly is timely. Instead of having figurative mob rule on social media, this book makes it literal. Once the story gets going, it's action-packed. Cassie and companions have to run for their lives while seeking a way to stop the Hive from destroying them. Their exploits seem destined to be turned into a screenplay. However, the setup to all of this action irked me a I'd watch that movie The Hive makes an okay book, but it'll be a better movie. It certainly is timely. Instead of having figurative mob rule on social media, this book makes it literal. Once the story gets going, it's action-packed. Cassie and companions have to run for their lives while seeking a way to stop the Hive from destroying them. Their exploits seem destined to be turned into a screenplay. However, the setup to all of this action irked me a bit. Until Cassie was on the run, the writing seemed a bit heavy-handed. (It was a little bit reminiscent of an after school special on the dangers of social media.) I also had trouble with the beginning because Cassie started off annoying and unlikable. I enjoyed the plot-focused middle section much more. The after-school special feeling returned a bit at the end, but not as strongly. 3.5 stars, but I'll round up because this could make a blockbuster movie someday. Thanks to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for providing me with a DRC of this novel, which will be available for purchase on September 3rd.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Biz

    *DNF 21% "'That is the sexiest thing I've ever seen,' Carson said, his voice pitched low. She wondered for a moment if she should hashtag him for a microaggression, but..... It actually didn't bother her." [image error] listen. The plot of this book actually intrigued me. It seemed like it would be similar to a Black Mirror episode, and maybe it would've been! Maybe it would've been. If it weren't for the cheesiest instalove het romance I've ever read. Seriously, this romance was one of the cringiest ones I've ever r 21% *DNF 21% "'That is the sexiest thing I've ever seen,' Carson said, his voice pitched low. She wondered for a moment if she should hashtag him for a microaggression, but..... It actually didn't bother her." [image error] listen. The plot of this book actually intrigued me. It seemed like it would be similar to a Black Mirror episode, and maybe it would've been! Maybe it would've been. If it weren't for the cheesiest instalove het romance I've ever read. Seriously, this romance was one of the cringiest ones I've ever read in my entire life. I literally have no words. "And in walked Mr. CODE IS POETRY. (This time, though, his shirt said LIFE IS A HACK in the same white font. Menlo Regular, she thought.)" It's all painfully real! I have stuff to say about the plot too, but for a second I just have to talk about these two bc oh my GOD. So here's how they meet: she's walking down an empty hallway alone and sees something perched on top of the lockers, she doesn't know what it is, and then he, in an empty hallway, jumps down right in front of her. Off of a row of lockers. Is it explained why he was on top of the lockers? Nope. Why didn't he just wait two seconds for her to walk by? No idea! Literally no one else is in the hallway it's not like he didn't have room or anything. And then Cassie, the main character, falls instantly in love and all her anger fades away yadda yadda yadda And just. The way Cassie talks about this dude gives me so much secondhand embarrassment. He asks her if she wants to help him with some code and she says "I do," and then is like oh shit what did I just say it sounds like we're at the ALTER exchanging VOWS. Right after he ASKED ME IF I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING. Honestly I probably would've finished this book if it hadn't been for the romance ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. I definitely had issues with the plot but it certainly wasn't unreadable. For example, it's established pretty early on that Cassie's mom, Rachel, doesn't really pay attention to BLINQ or the internet or anything, which is confusing for me, because right in the first chapter the narrative states that everyone is required to have a BLINQ. Cassie even says that "her mom knew next to nothing about the current world."It was especially confusing because there's a lot of implications that it's required to be connected to the social media. While this can be explained away by saying that even if you have to have a BLINQ you don't have to be on it all the time, the novel never did so. Additionally, there was a lot of unecessary gore, and some of it didn't even make sense? Rachel hits someone in the mob with her purse and when the bag opens, her nail file flies out and spears the guy in the cheek. First off, ew. Second off, I'm pretty sure you need a lot more force than hitting someone with your broken bag to actually puncture someone with a NAIL FILE. there were a few other scenes with just gross gore that didn't fit the plot or the general feeling of the rest of the novel. Also, every character seemed to know more than they were letting on, but not in an interesting or way that would imply foreshadowing. Rather, it felt like the kind of book where at the end it would be like "and then Cassie woke up in bed. Everything was okay and it was just a dream." The characterization was just generally weak and didn't live up to the plot. So all in all, a cheesy-ass romance, weak characterization, and unecessary gore does not a good book make. Great concept, bad execution. -- Pre-Review Was sitting here making myself read this and then I was like what the hell am I doing. It's pride month why am I forcing myself to read this Full rtc

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steven R. McEvoy

    Wow! What an incredible read. I pray that The Hive is not prophetic. what an intense read. A page turner that kept me up way too late when I had to work in the morning. Full review below. ... This novel is the first collaboration between husband and wife team Barry Lyga and Morgen Baden. And as much as I am huge fan of Lyga’s works, I hope this is the first of many novels they work on together. My initial response was: “Wow! What an incredible read. I pray that The Hive is not propheti Wow! What an incredible read. I pray that The Hive is not prophetic. what an intense read. A page turner that kept me up way too late when I had to work in the morning. Full review below. ... This novel is the first collaboration between husband and wife team Barry Lyga and Morgen Baden. And as much as I am huge fan of Lyga’s works, I hope this is the first of many novels they work on together. My initial response was: “Wow! What an incredible read. I pray that The Hive is not prophetic. what an intense read. A page turner that kept me up way too late when I had to work in the morning.” Now I getup for work at 5am, and I stayed up reading until after 2am. I just could not put the book down. I think the power of this novel is the story can serve as a warning, but also as a prophecy of what might yet come. There are many cases where life ends up imitating art. We can only hope this does not become one of them. This is the story of Cassie McKinney, she is the daughter of a world famous programmer. And he has believed in the hive and hive justice. Public shamming and doxing has become the norm. And Hive justice is the mob. The hive came into existence when the government took over social media and tried to put an end of trolling and doxing. People can upvote or down vote a punishment. And if you hide from the punishment it ups the ante. Cassie is at a new school and gets in with the in crowd. But with one comment that someone else shares under her name turns her life upside down. She goes for anonymous to infamous. And the hive keeps cranking up the pressure. And now her life if threatened. Her mother at risk to her own life tries to hide Cassie, and soon a surprising ally comes to her aid. She has no where to turn, and only a small group of Hive outcasts to help her. But not everyone is as they appear. And with her life on the line can she figure out who to trust and who not to. The story starts slow but once the Hive has focused on Cassie it turns to a breakneck pace. The story races from hiding, to secret meetings. To just trying to survive. You will find yourself cheering for Cassie, even though she had a momentary lack of judgement and came up with an incredibly mean jab. In some ways the story is like the case of Canadian Journalist, Ashley Csanady, who made a comment about Trump’s son and had giant sections of the web turn against her and focus on her. But for Cassie the consequences could be her life. Lyga has written some incredible reads. And this is one of the best. Lyga and Baden have written a masterful story. It is an important story for our time. Not just for the young adult audience but for those of us who are older as well. It is an excellent story, and I hope as a culture we heed the warnings contained within. Another excellent story by Lyga, and as mentioned I hope not the last from this team! Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and reviews of other books by Barry Lyga.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Richelle Robinson

    I will say that reading this book has made me think twice about my own social media usage. This book is about a group of people called the Hive who dole out social media justice when needed. Lord. Imagine if an organization like this really existed? A lot of people would be in BIG trouble. In my opinion, social media has given certain people this false sense of bravado to post whatever they want no matter how mean and nasty. With the Hive it would force people to think twice before they post and I will say that reading this book has made me think twice about my own social media usage. This book is about a group of people called the Hive who dole out social media justice when needed. Lord. Imagine if an organization like this really existed? A lot of people would be in BIG trouble. In my opinion, social media has given certain people this false sense of bravado to post whatever they want no matter how mean and nasty. With the Hive it would force people to think twice before they post and blast others via social media. I can honestly see this happening down the road but hopefully when I'm long gone. In this story we are introduced to Cassie who is dealing with a traumatic event and like a regular teenager she is angry and lashes out a lot at her mother. In the beginning my feelings towards Cassie were lukewarm. As the book progressed my feelings towards her pretty much stayed the same. I did kind of find her to be unlikable at times. Rachel (her mother) was a saint and I loved the love she had for her daughter, even through the trying and difficult times. This was my first time reading these authors and I loved this book SO much! The story line was fast paced, refreshing, thrilling and kept me on the edge of my seat. At no time while I was reading was I bored and I loved how certain things came together. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next with the characters and I’m sad this book is over. This book will definitely be going on my top reads list of 2019. 4.5 stars *ARC Review*

  10. 5 out of 5

    chloe ♡

    4.5 stars ; review to come!

  11. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    Well… Looking at the current reviews on Amazon, people got some…stuff…out of this. I honestly didn’t see that this was about Trump or Ivanka at all and was kind of gob smacked that this is where people went with this. However, I did see this as a reaction to all the public shaming and doxxing that happens on various social networks today. While I’ve not doxxed anyone, I’ll admit that I’ve taken a kind of shameful pleasure when an internet-famous racist loses his/ Well… Looking at the current reviews on Amazon, people got some…stuff…out of this. I honestly didn’t see that this was about Trump or Ivanka at all and was kind of gob smacked that this is where people went with this. However, I did see this as a reaction to all the public shaming and doxxing that happens on various social networks today. While I’ve not doxxed anyone, I’ll admit that I’ve taken a kind of shameful pleasure when an internet-famous racist loses his/her job because of a Twitter Mob. By the same token, I’ve looked on with dismay when the *wrong* person takes the brunt of misidentification by that very same mob. It’s not pretty. In The Hive, the authors take what’s currently happening in various social media settings and simply ramp it up. What happens when that internet mob can not only assign guilt without a trial, but sentence that internet offender? Is it a stretch? Sure, but it’s not that much of one. With our near-future tale, the authors force us to look at our own interactions on social media – all under the backdrop of an action-packed YA thriller. Our main character is likable (though I admit I didn’t think the joke was funny) and she’s got all of the internet against her. It’s a thrill-a- minute chase as she tries to escape mob justice. I liked it. It’s a bit over-the-top, but YA readers should enjoy the ride.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    The Hive is so plausible it's scary. Imagine a person makes a bad decision, says or does something offensive, mean, etc., and it's all over social media with the faceless masses slinging insults and demanding justice. It's not difficult to imagine because it happens every day. Take it one step further. Imagine these faceless masses having the authority and ability to hunt down the offender and punish him/her in any way they deem suitable. It's the Hive mentality. Follow the leader, don't think i The Hive is so plausible it's scary. Imagine a person makes a bad decision, says or does something offensive, mean, etc., and it's all over social media with the faceless masses slinging insults and demanding justice. It's not difficult to imagine because it happens every day. Take it one step further. Imagine these faceless masses having the authority and ability to hunt down the offender and punish him/her in any way they deem suitable. It's the Hive mentality. Follow the leader, don't think individual thoughts, and don't act like an individual. Society is just a bit short of this becoming reality. It won't be long until the blind lead the blind to exact justice. I like everything about this story because it's so relatable and relevant. I love the underlying premise because it's truth, unfortunate, but true just the same. I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it. Social media is dangerous, especially for a generation of non-thinkers who simply do not exist as individuals. Life is not lived unless it's seen and liked. Follow, follow, follow.....like a hive joining together. But, some poor soul accidentally says something regrettable but inconsequential to a waiter, bank teller, janitor, bus driver, etc., and woe to them. Hive activated. Let the hell fire rain down, and cast this person out like a leper. Here's the HUGE problem: if this hive are saying/doing terrible things to this offender, whom they don't actually know personally, then they are performing the SAME action that offended them in the first place! It's being mean to a stranger, and it's all the same. Can you say hypocrisy? Social media can be an excellent addition to life when used properly. Don't join the hive(lol), but do read The Hive. It's great if, like me, you are appalled by the atrocities of social media every day. Definitely gives you something to think about! Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carla (Carla's Book Bits)

    I finished it. I finished it. But I skimmed all of the second half, so I just finished it, but barely. I'm so sorry to say I didn't like this. I wanted an interesting (even if a bit outlandish) examination on social media and tribe mentality in a modern setting. But this plot was just way too over-the-top that my eyes rolled to the back of my head. (view spoiler)[You're telling me that people want to kill a teenage girl on sight over some tasteless joke? And eve I finished it. I finished it. But I skimmed all of the second half, so I just finished it, but barely. I'm so sorry to say I didn't like this. I wanted an interesting (even if a bit outlandish) examination on social media and tribe mentality in a modern setting. But this plot was just way too over-the-top that my eyes rolled to the back of my head. (view spoiler)[You're telling me that people want to kill a teenage girl on sight over some tasteless joke? And every person in this city, every country in the world is ok with this? (hide spoiler)] Plot points were brought up that proved to be unimportant after all. Cheesy insta-love romance, and not just that... the guy is Capital-W Weird too. (Their first meeting was her seeing this guy sitting on top of the lockers, then him jumping down & landing in front of her. Before running away. W t f ...okay?) I think the book wanted to be many things too. Our MC is struggling with her grief from losing her dad recently, she's trying to find where she belongs, struggling with her relationship with her mom, and she's into coding. All of that on top of the plot. But I don't think the parts fit together at all, it just seemed a convoluted mess on top of the already unbelievable characterizations + plot. Bleh. The Hive is just too-many-moving-parts messy for me. But I am still excited to try more Barry Lyga, especially his Jasper Dent series which I've heard amazing things about! I received an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Megan Dial-Lapcewich (bubblebathsandbooks)

    Rating: 5 Stars This was my first young adult (YA) read in a little while, and it was so refreshing – especially after my most recent book, an emotional WWII story (review of that one later this week!). I really do love YA books: the coming of age stories; the mess of emotions teens experience; the quicker, sometimes lighter (not in this case), plots…give me all of it! YAs serve as a great palate cleanser for me when I’m needing a break from thrillers, or, like in this case, a read th Rating: 5 Stars This was my first young adult (YA) read in a little while, and it was so refreshing – especially after my most recent book, an emotional WWII story (review of that one later this week!). I really do love YA books: the coming of age stories; the mess of emotions teens experience; the quicker, sometimes lighter (not in this case), plots…give me all of it! YAs serve as a great palate cleanser for me when I’m needing a break from thrillers, or, like in this case, a read that helps me move on from an emotional story. Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest review! The Hive comes out TODAY, September 3rd! Imagine a world where there is justice for online and cyber bullying. Where people are actually held accountable for their indiscretions online. Where the law of the land has control over the actions taken by people on social media. This is where the US stands in The Hive. Say something racist online? The Hive will come for you. Share everything negative about your ex-girlfriend online? The Hive will come for you. But what happens when a post is just a joke…from a teenager…what happens then? The Hive will still come for you. This is what happens to Cassie, a student at a new high school, trying to fit in. Cassie is a hacker, like her late father, and she believes in the idea behind The Hive. Justice in a world that didn’t always grant justice for online attacks. But then Cassie makes a joke online to impress her new friends…and that joke goes viral for all the wrong reasons. Before she knows it, Cassie is on the run for her life and enlists the help of Hive outcasts: other hackers whose goal is to figure out the truth behind the machine that is The Hive. But will Cassie be able to save herself in time? Or will The Hive eventually catch up to her? (dun dun dun) RATING BREAKDOWN Plot – 2/2: I am really drawn to doomsday-ish plots that involve our addiction to social media. They’re fascinating to me because they hit close enough to home that they don’t seem to far-fetched, but they still are also a bit sci-fi. The plot of The Hive was a unique twist on this idea: what happens when our addiction to social media is used as the solution? Writing – 2/2: The Hive ticked all the boxes for me in the writing department. It moved along at a great speed, but it wasn’t “easy” reading by any means. The authors’ made me feel like I was right there, on the run with Cassie. I couldn’t put it down because the writing just grabbed me and didn’t let go. Characters – 2/2: Um, a leading female who is a badass hacker??? YES, PLEASE. Cassie was the best. The BEST. She was a tech wizz, so she was actually able to fight back against her attackers. I loved, loved, loved that instead of her needing to rely totally on others for help, she could actually help herself. We need more Cassies in the world! Thrills/Twists – 2/2: This book is all about the thrills and action. In perfect, to me, YA fashion, there was just enough serious action to balance the plot. I’m not kidding when I say Cassie is running for her life – this book shows how something like The Hive could have real life or death consequences. The entire last 80% of the book is Cassie on the run and trying to save herself, so the thrills are not lacking. YA Relatability – 2/2: Whenever I read YA novels, I try to imagine if it’s one I would have enjoyed as a teen. I read a TON as a kid (surprise), loving books across all the genres and topics. It’s not easy to know as an adult if a book is one I would have loved as a teen, but I think I’m still a pretty good judge. Anyway, this is one I would have devoured. Leading female character, mother/daughter relationships, action and thrills, a teeny-tiny smidge of high school romance….it’s all there in this one. I wasn’t totally sure what my rating would be for this one, but as I think through all these elements, it’s an easy 5 stars. This is why I’m really loving using this rating system! Anyway, The Hive is out today and is a great read for teens/young adults and adults! Go check out this new 5 star read! Happy reading, friends!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ This review will appear on my site on publication day: September 3, 2019. ~~~~ Social media is everywhere and just about everyone is a part of it. Imagine we are in a United States where you are required to be on social media once you reach 13 years old and anything you say can have consequences (Likes, Dislikes, Condemns). The more Condemns you receive the greater your chances are to have Hive Justice carried out against you by anyone and e All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ This review will appear on my site on publication day: September 3, 2019. ~~~~ Social media is everywhere and just about everyone is a part of it. Imagine we are in a United States where you are required to be on social media once you reach 13 years old and anything you say can have consequences (Likes, Dislikes, Condemns). The more Condemns you receive the greater your chances are to have Hive Justice carried out against you by anyone and everyone in a serious way. And the police cannot stop the mob mentality because it is all legal. Although The Hive started a bit slow for me (the introduction to Hive, BLINQ, and Cassie being in high school) it was all necessary to the buildup of the joke that Cassie made that cause her to go viral. BLINQ is a government owned social media that connects all forms of social media together. My opinion is that BLINQ is a bit like ‘Twitter on crack’. Cassie is an angry girl experiencing some grief and she transfers to a new school her senior year. The beginning is a bit like Mean Girls and some typical high school drama of Cassie trying to figure out where to fit in. Once Cassie’s joke goes viral the novel really starts moving and doesn’t stop until the end. I could not put the novel down and read it in just a few days. It’s hard to fathom that people want to go out and find Cassie and hurt her (or worse) because of a tasteless joke. It is definitely a mob mentality/vigilante justice. Forget the fact that she is just a kid, people just want to do what they can do without legal repercussions, not even knowing the whole situation. They just want to kill because they can. There are some political overtones to the novel. Normally, I cannot stand that in novels, but with this particular subject matter, the politics are necessary. The Hive is also be a coming of age type novel as Cassie grew on me showing her growth and maturity she reaches as the novel progresses. The Hive is definitely relevant to our society today. So much is done online now that it seems more important than ‘real life’. Maybe real life is actually our online life…. The Hive definitely shows how anything we say or do has consequences (both positive and negative). We really should think about what we are about to say or do. I was personally hoping for a different ending, something that shows how truly evil and damaging the Hive and BLINQ are to this society. Being this is a young adult novel, maybe that was the case for the ending we received. The Hive is a novel everyone 14+ should read ( I say 14+ as there is foul language used throughout the novel, mainly the ‘f-word’) The Hive will leave you thinking about social media and where we are heading with it. How much do YOU share online, and could something you say or do cause you to receive a ‘Hive Alert’? Many thanks to the publisher KCP Loft for sending me an arc copy. It was a pleasure to read and review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Zaytseva

    I wish I could say that Barry Lyga swept me off my feet with his recently released new novel «The Hive». I wish I could say that it was the most amazing sci-fi I’ve read in a very long time. At least, these were my expectations going into this book. But it didn’t deliver. What is the Hive? We all know how out of control online interactions can get. How people seem to lose all their filters (and ability to think straight) when they are talking to someone through the internet just staring at the I wish I could say that Barry Lyga swept me off my feet with his recently released new novel «The Hive». I wish I could say that it was the most amazing sci-fi I’ve read in a very long time. At least, these were my expectations going into this book. But it didn’t deliver. What is the Hive? We all know how out of control online interactions can get. How people seem to lose all their filters (and ability to think straight) when they are talking to someone through the internet just staring at the screen and writing obscenities after obscenities. What if an online justice system would condemn those who misbehaved, allowing the population to execute the sentence. Is it the best or the worst idea ever to hand the execution to the masses? The Hive controls online community, submitting the misbehaved to their punishment in accordance with likes / dislikes the post gets, and then schedules the time and date for the mob to bring the justice. WHAT I LIKED: 1 - The premise sounded like one of the episodes of Black Mirror, and also terrifyingly close to our reality. Everyday the online world consumes a little bit more of our existence. I mean… I’m running a blog here! We all exist online in some way or another. We all watched tweets getting out of hand, we’ve all seen the cyber bullying expanding itself. I wish there would be some punishment for those people, but I’m terrified by the idea of the Hive. By how easily things could escalate from a simple warning to a death sentence and a hunt. Barry Lyga did an amazing job showing how scary this world could be. 2 - While I thought that the characterization in this books was very poor, there were some aspects about Cassie that I did like. Cassie McKinney, daughter of the famous (or should I say infamous?) hacker, who knows her way around the codes, who is brave and headstrong, but also genuinely afraid for her life. Of course, Cassie had to be a hacker-genius, but I liked that she wasn’t good at everything. She had her strong points, maybe she was better than 90% of other professionals in this field, but there were others who surpasses her in other sub-fields. WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE: Oh my, this is going to be a long list. 1 - I desperately wanted to see more of the dystopian settings of this worlds, instead of reading a take on the Mean Girls. Cassie begins her senior year in a new school, where she immediately does three things: - joins the popular girls’ table; - feels too superior to talk to other kids; - falls in love with a mysterious guy. Were there no other way to drive the plot forward except the retelling of the Mean Girls with the most cringey scenes of insta-love? 2 - Cassie could be described with one word - anger. She recently lost her father, so it was “normal” for her to feel angry, to be angry at the world. I’m not a psychologist and I never experienced the loss of the closests family members, but I don’t understand why all movies and books make focus so much on the anger. Almost passing the idea that if you’ve lost someone you HAVE to be angry. Yes, people deal with the loss differently, for some that might translate in anger, but I’d like to see some healthy representation of that in YA books. 3 - The whole plot revolved about the joke Cassie made online. Honestly, I didn’t find it funny. However, I didn’t think she deserved to be punished because of it either. What startled me the most was the lack of empathy and regret from Cassie. She made the joke, which was a very bad taste, but she constantly said how she didn’t feel bad about it. THAT was the most scandalous thing, in my opinion. 4 - Overall, the book had many unnecessary gore elements that didn’t contribute to the story. I didn’t flinch while reading the fight scenes or descriptions of injuries, but it felt like a filler to add more pages to the book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Crowd sourced social justice, I can see why the idea could occur but as this book shows vividly some things are just built with way too much scope for manipulation. This is a brilliant contemporary story, already we have a world where you can be taken to task on social media for saying the wrong thing, for backing the wrong idea but The Hive, a government initiative of social justice takes it to a whole new level. The concept is great, lets let the people decide what is right and wrong, lets unl Crowd sourced social justice, I can see why the idea could occur but as this book shows vividly some things are just built with way too much scope for manipulation. This is a brilliant contemporary story, already we have a world where you can be taken to task on social media for saying the wrong thing, for backing the wrong idea but The Hive, a government initiative of social justice takes it to a whole new level. The concept is great, lets let the people decide what is right and wrong, lets unleash their opinion and use social media to praise or punish them. Cassie's dad was a brilliant IT guy, he was cutting edge brilliant and the government used his knowledge to make the beginnings of The Hive. But the very thing he helped to build is now turning on his beloved daughter after his death. Cassie knows her way around a computer, she knows how to hack but even this cannot protect her from the rage of people voting against her in The Hive. Her ratings skyrocket and she is being hunted to the death. Cassie can't believe that this is what her Dad would have wanted, he was a good man, it must be something else and she is determined to find out the truth behind The Hive and the people who run it. She is in this danger because she tweeted a comment about The President's daughter which has raised the ire of him as well as, it seems, everyone in America. She is going to be held to account for her comment and that might even mean that she is killed. Cassie is rescued by an unlikely source, but can she trust him? Can she trust anyone? She is on the run and if it weren't for extreme resourcefulness and clear thinking she'd be already dead. Something is going on, something very sinister and Cassie is going to have to sort it out but also keep herself safe. This is a great book. The action is relentless and the pace doesn't let up throughout. Cassie is a great character, resourceful as anything but even with that you find yourself yelling at her to take more care. She is reckless and sometimes that gets her deeper in trouble than ever. This is a great addition to any school library, your geeky kids are going to totally relate to a heroine who has the power to change the world. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me access to this fantastic read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    This was an interesting book, one with a lot going on in it. What I find interesting it initially I thought one way, but as things started to spin out of control I found my mind being changed. Cassie came off like any other petulant teen, nothing new there, but it was the Hive that ramped things up. At first I liked the idea of the Hive, how it could help people from being dumb on-line where it's easy to because it seems so anonymous. But when Cassie was at the first Hive Justice I st This was an interesting book, one with a lot going on in it. What I find interesting it initially I thought one way, but as things started to spin out of control I found my mind being changed. Cassie came off like any other petulant teen, nothing new there, but it was the Hive that ramped things up. At first I liked the idea of the Hive, how it could help people from being dumb on-line where it's easy to because it seems so anonymous. But when Cassie was at the first Hive Justice I started to have misgivings. This guy was just venting, venting in a situation that was bad, was it stupid, yes. Later when Cassie posted her comment I thought much the same, so stupid and crossed the line from stupid to really bad. But and it's a big one, that one comment didn't make her deserve what came for her, a mob of people that seemed to feed on itself getting more and more worked up. I thought Cassie did a good job of reacting to the Hive coming after her. Along the way she found people to help her and hindered herself in others. By the end of the book Cassie was in a better place, more at home in her own skin (I think) and more aware of the world (big and small). I do wish we had the answer to her last question. For me, I wish she would expose everything.

  19. 5 out of 5

    P.M.

    I would have given this three stars because I really didn't like any of the characters. It was also full, and I mean full, of coding jargon. However, I have always loved the alien invasion movies of the 1950s and their connection to our fear of secret Russian agents undermining our government. This book seemed to make a similar connection to our political atmosphere today. That's why it got four stars even if some reviews have disavowed any such connection.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ana Garza

    The Hive was an interesting take on a Dystopian future that honestly kinda scares me in how much of a possibility it could be if we as a society let ourselves get there. I've been reading thought provoking books lately and it was a great read! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. I have loved all of the other Barry Lyga books I have read and this was no exception. I was amazed at this book, at how I could love the characters and relate to them so much while also being in awe of the amount of technical language inside of it. The notes and allusions to the current political and social climate were spot on, and the tension related to the Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own. I have loved all of the other Barry Lyga books I have read and this was no exception. I was amazed at this book, at how I could love the characters and relate to them so much while also being in awe of the amount of technical language inside of it. The notes and allusions to the current political and social climate were spot on, and the tension related to the all-too-real future dystopian environment was palpable. I have already decided to recommend this to my HS contemporaries and can imagine pairing this with Ahmed's recent Internment for some amazing school studies. Cassie is still reeling from her father's recent death, and after switching schools, she decides to just try to fit in with a group to pass her senior year. That and participating in Hive Mobs, local social media justice, are all she has in her life, and for now, that's enough to keep her going. Until one misplaced joke online against the wrong person ratchets her social media standing to an unheard of Level within the Hive, meaning she has to go on the run to try to survive. Along the way she uncovers the secrets behind the Hive and has to figure out what she can do, if anything, to get out of trouble. Highly recommend. A definite first purchase, especially where the author's books are already popular or where dystopian fiction is in demand.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Badey is an urgent warning. Take Twitter’s mob mentality and public shaming are put it in the hands of the government. Especially the current government. That is a scary thought. Full Review at Novellives.com

  23. 4 out of 5

    Honestmamreader

    The Hive How many times have you seen a post online that angers you, annoys you, bores you. Imagine having the power to condemn the person behind that post. Cassie is just your average tech-savvy teenager, who is trying to fit into a new school. The Hive is a safe, fair system to dole out justice to people who have caused trouble online. And, it's completely legal. So, what could possibly go wrong when Cassie posts a joke online? The Hive want condemnation. This story remin The Hive How many times have you seen a post online that angers you, annoys you, bores you. Imagine having the power to condemn the person behind that post. Cassie is just your average tech-savvy teenager, who is trying to fit into a new school. The Hive is a safe, fair system to dole out justice to people who have caused trouble online. And, it's completely legal. So, what could possibly go wrong when Cassie posts a joke online? The Hive want condemnation. This story reminded me of films such as 'The Maze Runner' and 'Ready Player One'. It had a group of people going against the system and there was a lot of technology and computer referencing. I'll be honest at times some of the computer jargon that I was reading, did go over my head slightly 😜 "An API was an application programming interface — it was the way programmers communicated with code they hadn’t written. Systems had APIs that hooked into aspects of their functionality" But, you don't need to be a computer geek or code expert to follow the storyline 👍🏻 This story deals with the dangers of social media. The technology in this book might be a bit further advanced than what we have around at the moment, but, it's an insight to a possible future 😮 and it's quite disturbing. A thrill ride of a read, that keeps you entertained to the end. And, also makes you hope that this fantasy story doesn't become reality 😧

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    This book was so good. So much of it relates to what is going on today, our President, our social media issues, society, mob mentality, all of it. It was really scary and had me gasping even at certain parts. It definitely reminded me of one episode of the show Black Mirror that starred Bryce Dallas Howard, where everyone rated everyone else when they saw them, and how you could take away the little perks and even just ease of every day life by down-voting people. I've also been told there is an This book was so good. So much of it relates to what is going on today, our President, our social media issues, society, mob mentality, all of it. It was really scary and had me gasping even at certain parts. It definitely reminded me of one episode of the show Black Mirror that starred Bryce Dallas Howard, where everyone rated everyone else when they saw them, and how you could take away the little perks and even just ease of every day life by down-voting people. I've also been told there is another episode of the same show where someone is able to control mechanical bees to kill people that have done something on social media. I will have to watch that one. But anyway, the main character Cassie lost her father and had to move to a new school where she doesn't really want to fit in. Her father was a well-known/infamous hacker and her mother is a professor of classics. She doesn't get along with her mother, but misses her father a lot. She finally tries to fit in with a group of girls who are kind of the top of the popular kids. The girls goad her into posting something about the President's grandchild and her tasteless joke backfires in that everyone gets up in arms and all of a sudden she is the one the Hive is after and she runs. We get a lot of the hacker group story in this, which is very interesting, although maybe a little high-techy at times. There's definitely a lot of adventure and suspense and back doors and twists and turns. There are things that the President in the book does or says that totally are like you'd think our actual current President in real life would do. My only complaint was with the third person type of narration, it was somewhat omniscient in that we got both Cassie and her mother Rachel's thoughts and actions, and sometimes it was confusing because it was within the same page without any separation to tell us we'd changed points of view. Other than that this was such a real book to how things are and how easy it is for people to go so intense over the smallest thing, such as what a person has said. Review first appeared on Lisa Loves Literature.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karissa

    I got this book through the Amazon Vine program to review. This ended up being a fast-paced, edge of your seat type of read about a girl in a future US where justice is determined by the Hive (an online voting/social media system). This book is about Cassie, your typical teen trying to fit in at a new school. She believes that Hive justice is the right way until, while showing off to some new friends, the system gets turned on her. While this was a fairly predictable YA dystopian read I got this book through the Amazon Vine program to review. This ended up being a fast-paced, edge of your seat type of read about a girl in a future US where justice is determined by the Hive (an online voting/social media system). This book is about Cassie, your typical teen trying to fit in at a new school. She believes that Hive justice is the right way until, while showing off to some new friends, the system gets turned on her. While this was a fairly predictable YA dystopian read, it was fast-paced and engaging as well. It’s well written, easy to read, and the writing flows well. I thought the way the story wrapped up was a bit goofy and the ending felt really incomplete and rushed to me. I couldn’t find that this is part of a series, so I am assuming you get what you get here. This probably would have felt more unique to me if I hadn’t already watched a similar episode of Black Mirror. There’s an episode of Black Mirror (season 2 I think?) where people are constantly voting and rating other people and your ranking determines your fate in society. This story seemed very similar to that concept which took a bit of the novelty away for me. Overall this was okay but not great. It is fast-paced and entertaining. However, I thought it ended abruptly and was way too predictable. I would tentatively recommend to those who are interested in a futuristic dystopia created by abused social media. This is appropriate for young adult and older readers.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    I loved Lyga's I Hunt Killers series, so I couldn't pass up The Hive. I had a few issues, but for the most part The Hive was entertaining, and I think teens will love it even more than I did. Cassie is having a hard time since her father died. She and her mother have had to move, and Cassie is entering a new school. Her father was a famous internet hacker, and taught Cassie almost everything he knew about coding, but since his death, Cassie has lost her passion for coding and hasn't d I loved Lyga's I Hunt Killers series, so I couldn't pass up The Hive. I had a few issues, but for the most part The Hive was entertaining, and I think teens will love it even more than I did. Cassie is having a hard time since her father died. She and her mother have had to move, and Cassie is entering a new school. Her father was a famous internet hacker, and taught Cassie almost everything he knew about coding, but since his death, Cassie has lost her passion for coding and hasn't done any. Social Media is now governed by The Hive, a new justice system developed by the government to stop online bullying. Cassie believes in The Hive and its ability to mete out justice according to approvals (or disapprovals) by society. According to how many disapprovals a post gets, the person responsible is assigned a level (1 through 5) and assigned a punishment. Hundreds (or thousands) of people can meet this person and help decide an appropriate punishment. Should they have to wear a sign all day? Should they have to disrobe and be naked for a day? These are some of the minor punishments -- it gets worse as the level rises. When Cassie, trying to fit in at her new school, is goaded to post a funny (but tasteless) comment about the president's new grandchild, no one could predict what happens. Suddenly Cassie is on the run and trying to find a place to hide in order to save her life. I thought The Hive took a while to get going, but once Cassie is on the run, it gets very exciting and the pace moves quickly. It is very far-fetched, but as my eyes rolled, I was swiftly swiping pages to see what was going to happen next. So, for the teen audience, The Hive will be a good one. I think the authors were trying to send a message about the dangers of social media, but I'm not sure it comes through very strong because of the improbable plot. But still, it is compelling. Recommend this to your techie teens.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maxine

    Anyone who has ever been on social media knows the effect of the up and down vote, dogpiling, and doxxing. But what if it was government sanctioned, that ratio between likes and dislikes could legally decide a person's fate - too many down votes of a comment would result in punishment to be decided by and carried out by a mob ? This is the premise of The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden, a YA dystopian tale set in the near future. Social media had become so completely out of control that even Anyone who has ever been on social media knows the effect of the up and down vote, dogpiling, and doxxing. But what if it was government sanctioned, that ratio between likes and dislikes could legally decide a person's fate - too many down votes of a comment would result in punishment to be decided by and carried out by a mob ? This is the premise of The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden, a YA dystopian tale set in the near future. Social media had become so completely out of control that even the best coders couldn't do anything about it so The Hive began as a way to better deal with the problems. People would decide by their up and down votes who would be sanctioned and how severe the real life punishment would be based on the ratio. The sanctions would range from one - for example someone cheating on their girlfriend which might result in mocking and perhaps water dumped on them- up to six that could result in death by the mob. The ratio had never reached six...until now. I did feel that the ending seemed rushed and the conclusion a bit too easy. The problems of social media are legion and important and I thought they could have been dealt with a little better. Overall, though, I did enjoy the story. It's fast-paced and entertaining and, if the ending was less than satisfactory, it kept my attention throughout. 3.5 Thanks to Netgalley and Kids Can Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review

  28. 5 out of 5

    Janice Lombardo

    A brilliant internet thriller!!! Cassie, an only child, lived with her mother. She missed her dad terribly. Now attending a new high school, she has to reach out to make new friends. The Hive is the way for "the people" to have a voice on anything (and everything) on the internet. The ratings were compiled and if someone had a large enough "condemn" number of votes, there was a price to pay. Even the government, including the police force, had to follow the guidelines of the Hive. No A brilliant internet thriller!!! Cassie, an only child, lived with her mother. She missed her dad terribly. Now attending a new high school, she has to reach out to make new friends. The Hive is the way for "the people" to have a voice on anything (and everything) on the internet. The ratings were compiled and if someone had a large enough "condemn" number of votes, there was a price to pay. Even the government, including the police force, had to follow the guidelines of the Hive. No one wanted a Mob Hive to gather against them. No one was safe... Nowhere was safe... WOW! What an amazing read! Action, suspense and thrills! Don't MISS this heart-pounding story! Many Thanks to Kids Can Press and NetGalley for a thriller for all age groups!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    What happens when social media is everything? When it becomes legal, gives you the right to decide, and vote, if a person should be punished or not? By a mob organized through hive mentality on social media? Do you like or condemn? What happens when that internet mob can not only assign guilt without a trial, but sentence that internet offender? This as a reaction to all the public shaming and doxxing that happens on various social networks today. This could happen in our near future and the aut What happens when social media is everything? When it becomes legal, gives you the right to decide, and vote, if a person should be punished or not? By a mob organized through hive mentality on social media? Do you like or condemn? What happens when that internet mob can not only assign guilt without a trial, but sentence that internet offender? This as a reaction to all the public shaming and doxxing that happens on various social networks today. This could happen in our near future and the authors are suggesting we look at our own interactions on social media. Really made me think and it was a great read too!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chloé

    *I recieved an earc of this via netgalley however this in no way influenced my opinion* 3.5 stars So I requested this because it gave me black mirror vibes so I thought I would give it a go. The premise of this book really drew me in considering how prevalent social media is in today’s society. I enjoyed the writing in this book, especially the action scenes, they were very well written. There is one scene in particular where Cassie is running across roof tops and zip linin *I recieved an earc of this via netgalley however this in no way influenced my opinion* 3.5 stars So I requested this because it gave me black mirror vibes so I thought I would give it a go. The premise of this book really drew me in considering how prevalent social media is in today’s society. I enjoyed the writing in this book, especially the action scenes, they were very well written. There is one scene in particular where Cassie is running across roof tops and zip lining that I thought was faced paced and well-written. Although there are a few plot twists in this book that I found to be predictable but there were others I didn’t see coming which was great. However I felt the beginning of the book was pretty slow and it took me a while to get into it. To be honest I wasn’t the biggest fan of the main character Cassie. Some of her actions were reckless and made no sense. However I really loved the character of Rachel, the part about her post resonating with other parents and making people think twice was great! The main issue I had with this book is that everything was resolved way too quickly in the end, it just went back to normal as if nothing had ever happened. Overall this was a well-written book but I didn’t really connect with the main character.

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