Thursday, November 12, 2015

Book Review: Need

Title Need

Author Joelle Charbonneau

Release Date November 3, 2015

"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.

Well, this was an interesting book. I'm not entirely clear whether it's good interesting or bad interesting, though. The best way I can say it is this... I liked the idea behind Need. I just didn't like the way it was executed.

So, let's talk about some of the the things that didn't work for me...

There's lots of characters in this book. Okay, I don't mind multiple points of view. Except for when I do. Like in Need. The characters read the same and don't feel very unique. What's the point of having multiple characters if they all seem the same?

Speaking of characters, does no one have a conscience in this book? Besides a little hesitating here and there for a few characters, no one seems to question these outlandish requirements to get what they want. It's almost like you could hear a character have this internal dialogue, "Oh, I'm supposed to do _______? That sounds really bad and I probably shouldn't do that. I really want _________, though, so I guess I have to! Darn." Really? It's laughable.

The ending also didn't work for me.


2 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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