I wont be posting my review here, except to say that if you find the hardcover itself a bit intimidating, try the audio book narrated by Scott Brick.I wont be posting my review here, except to say that if you find the hardcover itself a bit intimidating, try the audio book narrated by Scott Brick. I'll be chatting with Scott soon on our book podcast (paul the book guy) on iTunes about this book which I enjoyed so much when I read it only a few years ago.
The audio version is about 40 hours long, but read wonderfully by Scott....more
How much information have you put on Facebook? Did you take an online quiz recently? Just how much could someone find out about you if they could mineHow much information have you put on Facebook? Did you take an online quiz recently? Just how much could someone find out about you if they could mine all that data? Could they use it against you?
This new young adult fiction novel from Johnson Naigle explores some of those questions and introduces us to Ronnie Wright the young internet entrepreneur behind a website that serves up inkblot quizzes to people called inkBLOT, Tiffany his best friend and co-worker and Chelsea the young reporter at the local newspaper that Ronnie has quite the crush on.
The book explores the idea of what could happen if the private data we nowadays gladly give to online web sites were to be used for evil purposes. In this case, it isn’t facebook or google but inkBLOT, the site where people take many ink blot quizzes to earn virtual points or goods. Through the ink blot answers, Ronnie’s web site is capable of creating a very clear picture of what type of person you really are. The book really makes you think twice about what private data you are freely giving to sites like Facebook.
I like the idea of an ink blot site. I’ve always been fascinated with the work of Rorschach, who the authors name Ronnie’s dog after. It works well in the story. Various murders are eventually linked to the inkBLOT site. Is Ronnie or someone at the inkBLOT web site responsible for these murders?
The characters are young, perhaps too young to be in the positions they are in (front page reporter, internet whiz kid, i.t. professional) etc, but that is typical of Young Adult targeted stories, and in this case it works well.
This is definitely a fun young adult read.
I hope to see more original stories like this from the dynamic duo of Phyllis Johnson and Nancy Naigle....more