!!> Read ➱ The Hive ➵ Author Barry Lyga – Playutopia.us

The HiveCassie 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 Relevant Every Day, Based On A Story Proposal By Jennifer Beals And Tom Jacobson

!!> Read ➱ The Hive ➵ Author Barry Lyga – Playutopia.us
  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • The Hive
  • Barry Lyga
  • English
  • 23 March 2017
  • 1525300601

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  1. says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterest 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 Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterest 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 my2centsTHE 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 everradical content, thevideos you watch This is so muchthan 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


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    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. says:

    3.5 to 4 StarsIt 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 v 3.5 to 4 StarsIt 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 andthan likely, terrifying And it is terrifying, simply becausewhat 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


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    3.5 stars really from me I enjoyed this muchthan 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 3.5 stars really from me I enjoyed this muchthan 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 issevere 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 anylikable 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


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    I d watch that movieThe 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 s I d watch that movieThe 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 muchThe 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.


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    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 se 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 hud 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 betterlucknextbabyNow,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 Hellit 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 wayevolved 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


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    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 herimage 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 cring 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 herimage 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 wordsAnd 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 yaddaAnd 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 _ _ 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 thather 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 lotforce 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 knowthan 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 ReviewWas 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


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    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


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    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 i 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


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    Well Looking at the current reviews on , 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 Well Looking at the current reviews on , 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

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