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@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.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Freeform
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🏢3.5 Stars for #murdertrending🔪

This was a fast paced, fun read that definitely kept me turning the pages. It has a certain edge of your seat factor to it as you ultimately never know when someone will be killed.

In a nutshell the plot centers around Alcatraz 2.0. America has green lighted a prison reality show where being on death row means you are sent to a prison "island" run by the mysterious Postman where his appointed executioners/psychotic killers hunt you down for America's viewing pleasu
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: y-a
This book was super strange. I don't know if was meant to be a thriller, but I can tell you that I never felt any creepiness or suspense at all. And yet, there were super graphic grisly murders throughout the book. It reminded me of an episode of Scooby Doo, but with bloody murders.

Yeah, like that.

The book is all about Alcatraz 2.0 where killers are sent to be killed by serial killers while being filmed and shown on the internet. Everyone is addicted to watching the gore. Our heroine is a teen w
Chelsea Humphrey
I'm between a 3-3.5 star rating here.

We've seen oodles of YA novels published with themes of youth battling each other to the death, which is why I'm amazed at how unique and engaging Gretchen McNeil was able to make #MurderTrending feel. In a sea of similarly plotted novels, does it stand out above the rest? Not necessarily, but it was still a really fun read that I would highly recommend to those YA lovers who need something to bust their reading slump. It was incredibly fast paced and action
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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DNF @ 68%

I made it to almost 3/4 of the way through the book before I decided I didn't care anymore. #MURDERTRENDING made quite the splash when it first came out; people were comparing it to The Hunger Games. Basically, the United States has an ex-reality TV star president (huh) who is a tyrannical dictator (huh) and has decided to endorse a state-sponsored reality TV show where people are publicly executed by a bunch of paid serial kill
Mogsy (MMOGC)
1 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/12/...

I hate giving out 1-stars, and if you’ve followed me for a while, you may have already noticed you don’t see that rating here very often. That’s because even if I didn’t like a book overall, there’s usually still something I enjoyed about it. With #MurderTrending though, I think I’d be hard-pressed to find anything too positive to say about this hot mess. It simply did not work for me—on any level.

But first, here’s the boo
Bad enough she’d lost her sister, then been wrongly convicted of the murder; now she was going to be humiliated, forced to prance around the island in these stupid clothes while millions of people gawked and laughed and placed bets on how many days she’d survive until her blood was spilled in the name of entertainment.

This is one of those books that is just pure fun. The concept is neat mixing murder with reality tv in a near-future where death row means being sent to Alcatraz 2.0 where a ps
Jun 22, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Gretchen McNeil's futuristic YA Dystopian novel #Murdertrending drops you straight into a world where the federal government has privatized part of the prison system.

After that decision was made the Postman app was launched.

Essentially the app turns capital punishment into a lucrative business by broadcasting death row as the ultimate reality show. Survivor has nothing on this, trust.

In addition to following the inmates, viewers can also follow their favorite executioners
Helen Power
This book was amazing! There were so many twists and turns in the plot that I was riveted the whole way through. I'm obsessed with things prison-related, San Francisco-related, and twisted reality TV show concepts, so this book was just my cup of tea!

I couldn't put it down (both because I was participating in a reading marathon and because it was just so good!).

Thanks to NetGalley and Freeform for giving me a digital ARC of this book.

Full review below:

Synopsis: Dee Guerrera is innocent of kill
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

In a world where The Purge and The Hunger Games collide— #MURDERTRENDING shows us a society crippled by reality television and instant social media validation. Seriously folks, this book is a lot of fun and all too real for me. Dee Guerrera is wrongfully convicted for the murder of her step-sister Monica and sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for punishment. Alcatraz 2.0 is a man-made prison island off the coast of San Francisco where the worst convicts imaginable are sent to live out their days
Claude's Bookzone
2.5 Stars

CW: (view spoiler)

Seventeen year old Dee Guerrera has been framed for the murder of her step-sister, Monica. She now has to fight for her life on the island prison, Alcatraz 2.0, where she is being hunted by professional executioners (The Painiacs). The gruesome deaths are live-streamed to millions of viewers via the ‘Postman’ app. Viewers eagerly discuss the fates of prisoners and their favourite e
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-mystery
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 p
Oh man, I loved this book, but I knew I would. Gretchen’s words are always a favorite and she writes murdery goodness like no one else.

I loved Dee. She’s smart and somehow levelheaded and much more of a bad ass than I would have been. The Death Row Breakfast Club is just as awesome. I loved Ethan’s movie quotes and Gris’s sarcasm, and Nyles had me at being British.

Plot wise it’s quite unique, yet also a bit of a commentary on current events. It was fast paced from the beginning and doesn’t let
Nov 01, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars rounded down
Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Set in the near future, eighteen year old Dee has been convicted of murdering her stepsister, and is sentenced to a new type of prison, known as Alcatraz 2.0, run by a mysterious figure known as The Postman. Located on an island, Alcatraz 2.0 is always under surveillance, and the public can tune in at any time to watch the live feeds of the prisoners. What makes this prison different is the fact that there are killers on the island, who, allowed by the government, torture and kill the convicted ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Disney for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

If Hunger Games and One of Us Is Lying had a baby, this book would be it. It was the perfect combination of horror, science fiction, dystopia and classic mystery. And of course the Characters.

♣ Dee - Even though she was the main character, I really did not like Dee. She just just felt like a bunch of tropes continuously vomiting on each other. She was rather whiny, a bit stupid, and very flat and generic. It w
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
This was so much more fun than I thought it would be. This is my introduction to Gretchen's writing and I'm very happy. I have several more of her books, so I'll be checking those out sooner than later I hope. Another perfect October read, this is by no means scary but it's violent, has a high death count and is VERY fast paced.

Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
"It was dangerous to appeal to the most vulgar instincts of humanity, to normalize something as horrific as state-sponsored serial killers. But that's what you got when a former reality star was elected president."

Rating: 3/5 stars

SYNOPSIS: A wrongly accused teenage girl founds herself in Alcatraz 2.0, in which the worst murderers await for their ultimate death by state-sponsored serial killers on tv for everyone to see. Dee finds herself fighting for her version of the story to be heard, only t
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera comes to in a warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of The Postman app, which allows citizens to stream the executions of convicts from Alcatraz 2.0, a suburbanized prison island. It's one thing knowing that the worst of the worst are facing justice at the hands of legalized serial killers, but Dee isn't going to pay the ultimate price for a crime she didn’t commit. Will Dee
1.5/5 stars

I never rate books one star. I feel like I’m really easy to please with books, but I really couldn’t help but hate this one to my very core. In the simplest of terms, this book makes me really mad. I’m not even sure I want to write a full review about it yet because I don’t think I can find many redeeming qualities and to be perfectly honest, I don’t want to spend more time thinking about this book than I have to. Any element that you mention, be it characters, romance or plot, I had
Kelly Brigid ♡
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
“I have diplomatic immunity?” … “BAM!” Ethan pretended to fire the gun. “It’s just been revoked … I’ve been waiting months for someone to try and kill you so I could use that line.”

I can’t quite comprehend what I read. I like the general premise of this book, but the scenarios and explanations for how everything occurs is absolutely absurd. Typically, I don’t have many issues with stories that have far-fetched worlds (this is fiction, after all), but I have tremendous issues with thi
Bookteafull (Danny)
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

How to summarize this book in one sentence:

The Purge meets Deadman Wonderland meets Saw meets the The Breakfast Club.

Despite reading and watching similar storylines in various forms on media (i.e. Btooom, Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, and all the ones previously mentioned), McNeil still manages to engage the reader with this gruesomely fun read. The fact that I had such a hard time putting this novel down is why it's deserving of such a high rating. I'm a sucker
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars?
This was so good, you guys!
Until it wasn't.

Wow, oh wow. I'm not having a problem processing this book's plot. It's how it went from fascinatingly dark to childish and unbelievable within pages that's bothering my mind.

After reading the blurb, I had an impression #Murdertrening is trying to become Hunger Games 2.0
Yet, after diving into it, the story seemed fresh and nothing like the previously mentioned book. It was creepier, bloodier, more messed up, and definitely more mysterious t
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Leave it to McNeil to deliver something as exciting as it is frightening. With her unique take on murder mysteries and exploring the unknown and most of the time, horrifying, I can always count on her for an action packed and somewhat bizarre read.

Set in a very much realistic time and place, #murdertrending was something that you could see happening today in a world full of social media and reality TV, which is also what made this such an interesting and hard to put down read.

With twists and tu
may ☆彡
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. It’s not so much that I’m confused, it’s just a lot to take in.

Okay, so here we go.
#murdertrending is an amazing book. I absolutely loved it!! So many plot twists that I never realized were coming (and I’m normally really good at figuring out the mystery before the main character does)! I feel like the end of this book hit me all at once and I was just sitting dumbfounded for over 2 days, trying to comprehend what had just happened. This is a shockingly good, well-written story that kept m
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
HOLY HELL! This was f’n amazing.

The Hunger Games meets The Purge meets The Breakfast Club. Yesssss! I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I first picked up this book. (Thank you Cassie for sending me the galley!) the book hooked me from the very first page. In the very near future, crime is handled much differently than it’s handled now. For one, you get sent to a prison island known as Alcatraz 2.0. Two, you’ve pretty much dead as soon as you set foot there.

Dee has been sentenced to the
MissBecka Gee
Death Row Breakfast Club.
Beautifully accurate tagline.

This book reminded me of the cheesy horror movies of the 80's that I adore!
It was campy, relatable, slightly dramatic, and a bit ridiculous....this made for a winning combination in my mind!
I thought it was cool how she created the storyline around our real world obsession with reality TV, and even made the president a former reality TV star.
I hear there will be a sequel and I'm on board to catch up with these characters.
andrea caro
I want to start this review by saying this: this book is probably not, realistically, a five-star read. But honestly? I had the best time reading it and anything critical I could say about it, for me, gets completely overshadowed by how much fun I had during this reading experience.

Meet Dee Guerrera, a 17-year old girl plucked out of society after an ultra-speedy trial declared her her step-sister's murderer and thrown onto Alcatraz 2.0, an island full of convicted murderers getting just dessert
Feb 01, 2022 rated it it was amazing

I’m not in the mood to write a full review but I’ll just say I fell in love with the characters, the plot was super interesting, there was never a dull moment, and can we get extra points in here for inclusiveness and a non-cheesy romance??? I appreciated how it wasn’t the main plot and was more of a side thing. The book concept was super cool and I totally recommend 👌
🪱🪱🪱🪱.9/5 worms
Dec 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-reads, series, 2021
I think this book was pretty good for a murder book. The plot twists were a bit predictable but still decent. I liked the characters and the concept of the whole thing. It probably could have been done better but it was still good
3.5 Stars

So this was a super quick read and it was fun. I love whodunit's because half the fun is figuring out who the killer is or what is actually going on and I felt that McNeil captured that well.

So the premise, a reality star has become president (I know, right?) and now capital punishment is live for everyone to see. The famous prison Alcatraz is now Alcatraz 2.0 where criminals are sent and then hunted down and killed on a 24/7 live stream for all the world to see. When Dee Guerrera find
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