Book Review: #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil


Title: #Murdertrending
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Freeform
Publish Date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Young Adult – Mystery
Series: MurderTrending #1
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.77


@doctorfusionbebop: Some 17 y. o. chick named Dee Guerrera was just sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for killing her stepsister. So, how long do you think she’ll last?

@morrisdavis72195: I hope she meets justice! She’ll get what’s coming to her! BWAHAHA!

@EltonJohnForevzz: Me? I think Dee’s innocent. And I hope she can survive.

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.

When seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

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Dee is a teenager who has been found guilty of killing her stepsister. Dee maintains her innocence, but ends up in Alcatraz 2.0 anyway. Alcatraz 2.0 is a prison where convicted murderers are sent and killed while the public watches. The inmates live in a town setting and never know when or how they will die. The executioners, known as the Painiacs, are brutal killers who take pleasure in elaborate kills to promote views on the web.

Soon after arriving at Alcatraz 2.0, Dee meets some other young people who also seem to be innocent. Dee knows not to trust anyone, but she needs help if she’s going to survive Alcatraz 2.0. Dee and the others suspect something is not right at Alcatraz 2.0, and set out to expose the corruption to the viewing public, while also trying to evade the Painiacs.

A disturbing story that seems like something that could happen. The idea of public executions is not new, but the brutal killings in this book highlight the bloodlust atmosphere found online. Also, the success of Alcatraz 2.0 depends on public opinion, which means videos/posts going viral and trending on the web. While there is plenty of blood and gore in this book, it also includes some humor. For example, Dee and her fellow inmates become known as the Death Row Breakfast Club – stereotypical characters like the jock, the nerd, and the princess.

This book is not all that well-written, but it is entertaining and fun to read. A fast-paced and exciting story of murder and mayhem.

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