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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,749 ratings  ·  487 reviews
@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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Freeform
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Dana If you like the author's books in general you'll probably like this; don't expect it to live up to the "Hunger Games and Purge mix!" hype though.
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(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
🏢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
Sh3lly (
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You know what? This was fun! Empty your brain, don't expect some super literary journey, view it like this:

And you'll be all good.

The premise is this: America elected a President that used to be a reality TV star (hold up, no, this isn't nonfiction, peeps) and he green-lights a reality TV where young people who have been accused of capital crimes go to Alcatraz 2.0 (yes, the island surrounded by sharks and stuff) where they get semi-run-down apartments and jobs and debit cards whil
Mogsy (MMOGC)
1 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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 psyc
Rebecca McNutt
Intriguing concept at face value - mind you, I'm of the mind that the future will see the abolition of the death penalty in most developed countries due to increasing social/moral pressure, and the entire premise of #Murdertrending is rather misplaced in its plot. So, we've got all this high-tech digital world to explore, yet it seems to be very ultra republican US in its ideology... the whole thing of it just confused me. Labelled as "horror", I can't honestly say I found the book scary, just v ...more
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
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 i
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
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
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.

Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the brooding villain)
"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
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
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
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
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 this partic
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
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 fo
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
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.
Adah Udechukwu
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
#murdertrending was a bit good. I expected more from the novel and I didn't get it.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars - This book started out as a really fun, campy, enjoyable read. The concept was violent and over the top in a comedic B-movie teen slasher meets the Purge kind of way. The painiacs were creative with their unique killing personas, and I liked the gang of misfits walking around trying to avoid their inevitable demise while constantly making inappropriately timed movie quote and pop culture references. I found the MC, Dee, a little boring, but the supporting characters made up for it. Un ...more
The Nerd Daily
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Elizabeth Smith

#MurderTrending is set in the very near future where reality television has been taken to a whole new level. The Postman is an anonymous television mogul who developed the idea for Alcatraz 2.0, an island in the San Francisco Bay, and the Postman App. People convicted of the most heinous crimes are sent to the prison island, Alcatraz 2.0 and then hunted down by government sanctioned serial killers. All of which is recorded on video a
The Library Ladies
(originally reviewed at )

Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book!

One of my cinematic weaknesses is Arnold Schwarzenegger movies from the 1980s. The best way to give me a great day is a glass of champagne and a marathon of movies like “The Terminator”, “Predator”, and “Commando” (and maybe toss in “Kindergarten Cop” just to lighten things up a bit). But if I had to pick the one that I like the most just based on cheese factor, it’s going to be
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book was just as and even better than I thought it would be.

Just like the summary reads, Dee has been framed for murder, landing her a spot at Alcatraz 2.0.

And that's all the background you need, otherwise you might as well skip the first 30 pages.

The introduction reminded me so much of the Furnace just given how similar they start, but from there the books differ like cats and dogs. Mostly because #MurderTrending has more ties to capitalism.

Hell, I'm glad no one has decided to capitaliz
Nicole (FearYourEx)
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an e-galley from the publisher via Netgalley. The views expressed in my review are my own.

#MurderTrending is absolutely full of potential. The concept is absolutely amazing. Everything just needs a bit of fine tuning. The logistics of Alcatraz 2.0 were a bit unbelievable for me and I think that brought down the rating of this book the most for me.

This book starts out right away full of action and it stays like that pretty much the whole book. Maybe a chapter here or there is a tad bit
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Well, she knew one thing for sure: one of The Postman's psychos was about to shed her blood. Who would it be?

Would she end up as the main ingredient in one of Hannah Ball's cannibalistic casseroles? Or starting in a Cecil B. DeViolent splatterporn re-creation of Gone with the Wind? Was Gucci Handman at that very moment constructing a designer noose for her neck, expertly crafted to match her complexion and outfit and the latest trends from New York Fashion Week while it slowly strangled the lif
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Gretchen McNeil is the author of the YA horror/suspense novels POSSESS, 3:59, RELIC, GET EVEN, GET DIRTY, and TEN (a YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, and a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth) all with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins. Gretchen’s first YA contemporary I’M NOT YOUR MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, also with Balzer + Bray, hit shelve ...more

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