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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  805 ratings  ·  258 reviews

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 l
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Kids Can Press
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Nenia ✨️ The Trash Empress ✨️ Campbell

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I really liked Barry Lyga's "I Hunt Killers" series - it was dark and edgy in a way that few young adult books these days dare to be - so when I saw that he was writing a dystopian thriller with his wife, I was all over that like white on rice, even though I tend to side-eye a lot of dystopian novels with their outlandish concepts and lack of world-building. Color me shocked, then, when THE HIVE ended up being one of my new favorite you
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
The Hive, a young adult book, was a solid 3.5 stars.
I found The Hive to be an interesting read, especially in today’s society and the growing popularity of social media.
The book centers around main character Cassie, a teenager whose life was turned upside down with the death of her father. Cassie is a firm believer in The Hive (a sort of mob group that legally doles out justice for online abusers)-that is until she finds herself being the next target. Desperate to fit in with the popular crowd
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 Stars

It's no secret that I fell in love with Lyga's writing after reading his I Hunt Killers series. It was imaginative, dark and completely addicting. I vowed after finishing it that I would absolutely try anything else the man wanted to write. Which of course was why when I saw The Hive, I was so freaking excited to try it. After reading the synopsis and checking out the cover, I knew it was going to be hands down a completely unique take on something that could in our society, just v
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, giveaways
3.5 stars really from me. I enjoyed this much more than I usually enjoy my 3 star reads and I read the bulk of it in just two days. I never really considered quitting, and I do sometimes have that thought for my 3 star reads.

The Hive is a book about the dangers of social media taken to the extreme. Sometime in the not so distant future it is decided that people should be held accountable for absolutely everything they do online. When a person turns 13, they are given a social media identity that
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This book wasn't the best book I've ever read, nor the worst book I ever read. Very middle-of-the-road.
Here's a quick summation of what exactly The Hive is: it's a program that is essentially SJW justice on steroids. As in, "I don't like your opinion so that gives me the right to assault/murder you."
And that's exactly what this book is all about. Set in a near future where you a persecuted for having a difference in opinion, for complaining that your life sucks, or just for having a different se
Jun 13, 2019 added it
Shelves: rtc
I'd watch that movie

The Hive makes an okay book, but it'll be a better movie.

It certainly is timely. Instead of having figurative mob rule on social media, this book makes it literal. Once the story gets going, it's action-packed. Cassie and companions have to run for their lives while seeking a way to stop the Hive from destroying them. Their exploits seem destined to be turned into a screenplay.

However, the setup to all of this action irked me a bit. Until Cassie was on the run, the writing s
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Kids Can Press for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Super twisty, fascinating book! Give this one a try!

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Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
*DNF 21%
"'That is the sexiest thing I've ever seen,' Carson said, his voice pitched low. She wondered for a moment if she should hashtag him for a microaggression, but..... It actually didn't bother her."

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listen. The plot of this book actually intrigued me. It seemed like it would be similar to a Black Mirror episode, and maybe it would've been! Maybe it would've been. If it weren't for the cheesiest instalove het romance I've ever read.

Seriously, this romance was one of the cri
Claude's Bookzone
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

What a scarily believable future these authors have created for us. A world where any comments on social media platforms can be deemed offensive and it's writer subject to Hive justice. The common people can deliver the punishments to the offender when The Hive programme has determined that it is warranted. There are a number of criminal levels and the Hive punishment can vary from being beaten up through to being killed on sight. The concept was born from the explosion of offensive mat
Steven R. McEvoy
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an incredible read. I pray that The Hive is not prophetic. what an intense read. A page turner that kept me up way too late when I had to work in the morning. Full review below.
This novel is the first collaboration between husband and wife team Barry Lyga and Morgen Baden. And as much as I am huge fan of Lyga’s works, I hope this is the first of many novels they work on together. My initial response was: “Wow! What an incredible read. I pray that The Hive is not prophetic. what an i
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it

Looking at the current reviews on Amazon, people got some…stuff…out of this.

I honestly didn’t see that this was about Trump or Ivanka at all and was kind of gob smacked that this is where people went with this. However, I did see this as a reaction to all the public shaming and doxxing that happens on various social networks today.

While I’ve not doxxed anyone, I’ll admit that I’ve taken a kind of shameful pleasure when an internet-famous racist loses his/her job because of a Twitter Mob. By
Richelle Robinson
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I will say that reading this book has made me think twice about my own social media usage.

This book is about a group of people called the Hive who dole out social media justice when needed. Lord. Imagine if an organization like this really existed? A lot of people would be in BIG trouble. In my opinion, social media has given certain people this false sense of bravado to post whatever they want no matter how mean and nasty. With the Hive it would force people to think twice before they post and
chloe ♡
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars ; review to come!
❀ Alex ❀ (The Scribe Owl)

I saw this in the bookstore and I was like, "Why not? I haven't read a tech thriller since...I don't even know when." But then I started to read and I knew from the beginning I wasn't going to love it. It was a nice read, but it definitely wasn't a favorite or even a three-star book.

BLINQ is a new social media platform that became popular for the chance at mob justice it offered. Yep. You heard me. If someone were to post something someone found offensive or rude, they could Condemn the
Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
Jun 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
I finished it. I finished it. But I skimmed all of the second half, so I just finished it, but barely.

I'm so sorry to say I didn't like this. I wanted an interesting (even if a bit outlandish) examination on social media and tribe mentality in a modern setting. But this plot was just way too over-the-top that my eyes rolled to the back of my head. (view spoiler)
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, audio-book-2020
What a wild ride!! The scary thing is how close we could be to a future/society like this. Wild.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Crowd sourced social justice, I can see why the idea could occur but as this book shows vividly some things are just built with way too much scope for manipulation.

This is a brilliant contemporary story, already we have a world where you can be taken to task on social media for saying the wrong thing, for backing the wrong idea but The Hive, a government initiative of social justice takes it to a whole new level. The concept is great, lets let the people decide what is right and wrong, lets unl
Aug 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
The Hive is so plausible it's scary. Imagine a person makes a bad decision, says or does something offensive, mean, etc., and it's all over social media with the faceless masses slinging insults and demanding justice. It's not difficult to imagine because it happens every day. Take it one step further. Imagine these faceless masses having the authority and ability to hunt down the offender and punish him/her in any way they deem suitable. It's the Hive mentality. Follow the leader, don't think i ...more
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
"Her dad used to tell her about the days when someone's name trending on Twitter meant they had died, or, best case, had dropped an unannounced album. But slowly, the online behaviors that were and were not acceptable began to change."
This book is essentially The Purge x Cancel Culture and it is terrifying in how plausible the plotline is. It's a smart speculative look at what could happen if the government created a system to rein in the worst parts of social media only to make thi
Megan Dial-Lapcewich (iowabookgirl)
Rating: 5 Stars

This was my first young adult (YA) read in a little while, and it was so refreshing – especially after my most recent book, an emotional WWII story (review of that one later this week!). I really do love YA books: the coming of age stories; the mess of emotions teens experience; the quicker, sometimes lighter (not in this case), plots…give me all of it! YAs serve as a great palate cleanser for me when I’m needing a break from thrillers, or, like in this case, a read that helps me
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Social media is everywhere and just about everyone is a part of it. Imagine we are in a United States where you are required to be on social media once you reach 13 years old and anything you say can have consequences (Likes, Dislikes, Condemns). The more Condemns you receive the greater your chances are to have Hive Justice carried out against you by any
Alexandra WhimsyPages
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-2019
I wish I could say that Barry Lyga swept me off my feet with his recently released new novel «The Hive». I wish I could say that it was the most amazing sci-fi I’ve read in a very long time. At least, these were my expectations going into this book. But it didn’t deliver.

What is the Hive?

We all know how out of control online interactions can get. How people seem to lose all their filters (and ability to think straight) when they are talking to someone through the internet just staring at t
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book, one with a lot going on in it. What I find interesting it initially I thought one way, but as things started to spin out of control I found my mind being changed.

Cassie came off like any other petulant teen, nothing new there, but it was the Hive that ramped things up. At first I liked the idea of the Hive, how it could help people from being dumb on-line where it's easy to because it seems so anonymous. But when Cassie was at the first Hive Justice I started to hav
Ana Garza
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Hive was an interesting take on a Dystopian future that honestly kinda scares me in how much of a possibility it could be if we as a society let ourselves get there. I've been reading thought provoking books lately and it was a great read!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would have given this three stars because I really didn't like any of the characters. It was also full, and I mean full, of coding jargon. However, I have always loved the alien invasion movies of the 1950s and their connection to our fear of secret Russian agents undermining our government. This book seemed to make a similar connection to our political atmosphere today. That's why it got four stars even if some reviews have disavowed any such connection.
Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

I have loved all of the other Barry Lyga books I have read and this was no exception. I was amazed at this book, at how I could love the characters and relate to them so much while also being in awe of the amount of technical language inside of it. The notes and allusions to the current political and social climate were spot on, and the tension related to the all-too-rea
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Badey is an urgent warning. Take Twitter’s mob mentality and public shaming are put it in the hands of the government. Especially the current government. That is a scary thought.

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May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Hive

How many times have you seen a post online that angers you, annoys you, bores you. Imagine having the power to condemn the person behind that post.

Cassie is just your average tech-savvy teenager, who is trying to fit into a new school.

The Hive is a safe, fair system to dole out justice to people who have caused trouble online. And, it's completely legal.

So, what could possibly go wrong when Cassie posts a joke online? The Hive want condemnation.

This story reminded me of films such as
Oct 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure how to rate this book fairly. I considered giving it two stars because it was really an entertaining read--but I don't think that was necessarily the intention. Dystopian satire in the Trump era sometimes straddles a fine line between caricature and allegory, and this book is...not on that line. I understand the need to address cancel culture and the tendency towards mob mentality on social media. This book was just like...wild lol. No other way to describe it.
Lisa Mandina
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. So much of it relates to what is going on today, our President, our social media issues, society, mob mentality, all of it. It was really scary and had me gasping even at certain parts. It definitely reminded me of one episode of the show Black Mirror that starred Bryce Dallas Howard, where everyone rated everyone else when they saw them, and how you could take away the little perks and even just ease of every day life by down-voting people. I've also been told there is an ...more
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