Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Hive by Barry Lyga & Morgan Baden – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four stars

RELEASE DATE:  3 September 2019

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Format: E-ARC

Source: NetGalley




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.





Thank you so much to Kids Can Press for providing me with a copy of The Hive, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Have you ever watched internet trolls and bullies spiral out of control online?  Maybe fallen down the rabbit hole that is social media comments on a controversial news story?  In The Hive, the powers that be sought to change hate speech on the internet by allowing any comment made to be liked or condemned.  Get too many condemns, and the public are free to enact “Hive Justice”.  Often handed down as public shaming events, The Hive is meant to keep social media safe.  But when Cassie posts an inappropriate joke, she finds out just how scary hive justice can be.

On the run from the Hive mob, in a time where it’s illegal to abandon your phone and eyes are everywhere, Cassie doesn’t know who to trust and even how to survive.

Although there were some parts of The Hive that were very much pure science fiction, the mob mentality of the Hive was scarily real.  I have watched horrifying things unfold online in real life (including a young teenage girl’s home address published in a bid for people to ‘teach her a lesson’ in unspeakable ways, for voicing an unpopular opinion).  This sort of behaviour is both terrifying and completely bizarre to me and The Hive really brought it to life.

There were some fantastic twists, truly tense moments and a lot of non stop action to keep the story going. There were some parts that became a bit far fetched for me, for a story set in the real (albeit future) world, but all in all The Hive was a lot of fun!






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