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The Hive

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  48 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
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Kids Can Press
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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
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-books
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
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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 young a
Jun 13, 2019 added it
Shelves: rtc
3.5--action packed, but with a rough start (and some parts that are a bit after school special-y)
Rounding up because I'd watch that movie :)
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
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 cring
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 to follow closer to publication date.
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
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)
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
Janice Lombardo
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant internet thriller!!!

Cassie, an only child, lived with her mother. She missed her dad terribly. Now attending a new high school, she has to reach out to make new friends.

The Hive is the way for "the people" to have a voice on anything (and everything) on the internet. The ratings were compiled and if someone had a large enough "condemn" number of votes, there was a price to pay. Even the government, including the police force, had to follow the guidelines of the Hive. No one wanted a
Shelby (Graced with Books)
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.

I thought this book was interesting and warrants a lot of discussions about social media and the mob mentality. The actual plot of the book was eh for me but I really appreciated the point it makes about how our lives are consumed by what we see online and that is why it was 3 instead of 2 stars.
The Bookish Austin
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
My goodness! What a whirlwind. Will post a full review closer to publication.
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Hachette Book Group and Edelweiss for the opportunity to review #TheHive.
The Hive starts off like a rollercoaster, a young woman going through a painful situation finds herself lashing out online with a joke that goes viral. The Hive, a online type police, sees the joke and the effect that it has going viral and sends "the crowd", a group of citizens, out to punish her for it. Cassie, the young woman, finds herself on the run for her survival and set off a chain of events that there
Carrie Allen
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Hive certainly lives up to its thriller tag! The main character immediately hooks the reader and the book moves quickly with high stakes. With terrifyingly realistic "what ifs" and ethical dilemmas, this is a great read for a book club or other discussion group. Content spans age categories; adult readers will connect to the characters and story as well. There is a fair amount of tech and hacker lingo, but this technophobe was able to keep up!
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mob justice rules the internet in this thrilling debut from Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden. I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book. Highly recommended for fans of YA tech thrillers with an unusual female heroine. You’ll never look at your phone the same way again.
Kev Willoughby
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A dark, reflective look at a plausible path for our future as a country entrenched in all things social media, being offended, and a seeming growing hunger for the swiftness of mob justice... and the self-justification of said mob.

This is a scary book because it is difficult to tell if it is set in the future or if it takes place in present-day America. And I think that was the intent. It is not much of a leap at all to envision what is portrayed within these pages.

The "Hive" is the moniker of t
Cindy Huskey
Jun 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is a mess, and, frankly, I'm a bit disappointed that it came from one of my favorite authors.

The premise of this book is fantastic - futuristic deadly Twitter mobs. Edgy. I like it. The execution (pardon the pun) was abysmal.

The characters are mostly one-dimensional, except for the hair. Weird. We know that Sarah is blonde, Rowan and Bryce are redheads, Livvy has long curly hair, Indira has "sleek black hair," and Cassie wears her dark hair in a top knot.

Cassie is an angry 17-year ol
Sophie T
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first ARC I've ever gotten to read and review. It just so happens to be by one of my favorite authors, Barry Lyga, and his wife, Morgan Baden.

Before the internet was a dangerous place, everyone was going after everyone. There was no control, there was no justice. Then The Hive was put into place. Along with a new Social Media designed to combine all others. On BLINQ you could say whatever you wanted, but you didn't. You had to be careful. It was easy to go viral. The goal was to get
Heather Mashnouk brandon
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Government conspiracy, mob justice, and how technology can detach us from our humanity all make for an engaging and addictive read!

After the loss of her dad and a move to a much smaller home in time for a brand new school her senior year, Cassie is understandably angry. A brilliant hacker/coder of a well known father, she is invited to the cheating circle of the popular/mean girl clique in her school. One of their goals is to trend positive on the social media profile assigned to all people in t
April A.  Taylor
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This highly entertaining book is like The Purge meets Insurgent by way of Ready Player One. Categorized as a Young Adult book, The Hive tells the very timely story of a high school student, Cassie, going viral for making a really tasteless joke. Unfortunately, she lives in a future version of the U.S. (set approximately five years from now), where making a mistake online can lead to very harsh consequences.

Ostensibly designed to minimize online bullying, The Hive gives American social media use
Clare Bird
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Hive:
By Barry Lyga & Morgan Baden

I give this book 5 out of 5 birds! This was not my first rodeo with Barry Lyga. This book had me hooked from the first chapter. It was like Hunger Games but in the world of social media. I am always so interested in Social Media and how it will affect the future. This book will give you an idea… jk jk… I hope. Over all I LOVED it. The storyline was well thought out, the Protagonist, Cassie, is just what this world needs… A girl who codes. I was obsessed
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-mt-bookpile
I loved Lyga's Jasper Dent series so was really excited to see that he's got a new book and how it would compare to them. In this case, it's as though Lyga is channeling Cory Doctorow, and I mean that in a very good way. "The Hive" was founded on the idea that peer pressure/peer justice would get rid of online bullying and shaming (although it's very much about shaming!) and is government run. When someone does or says something online, people can "like" or "condemn" it and when the algorithm sh ...more
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just finished my advanced reading copy, and I have to say it's already a well written book. The plot is well composed and leaves only the loose ends necessary to invite a sequel. There are, however, some things every reader should know before diving into this book.

1) There are multiple mentions and threats of the rape of a minor, said outright, and as it is not crucial to the plot it is an excessive way to make a point. This alone makes the book at least 15+, which gives the writers a smaller
Miki Mackennedy
Cassie, whose father, now deceased, was a world famous hacker and whose mother is a bit of a techno-phobe find herself landing squarely in the clutches of The Hive, a solial media driven, government sanctioned vigilantee committee after making a very unfunny joke to fit in with the cool\mean girls at her new school.

In an attempt to deal with and end cyber bullying, the government has enlisted the help of the top social media platforms to help create BLINQ. Using this social media platform, insta
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2019, fiction, scifi, thriller
I enjoyed several of Barry Lyga's books as a teenager so I was pleasantly surprised to have won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I wasn't sure if I'd still be into Lyga's writing given that I'm now an adult and don't often read YA anymore, but I actually enjoyed this book quite a bit.

The Hive is a Black Mirror-esque thriller wherein social media is used to like or condemn someone's post; if someone posts something unpopular enough, they are subject to Hive Justice. James Charles would absolut
Jalynn (ificouldreadallday)
Interesting concept, but I felt that it wasn't executed in the best way. It felt too outlandish. I mean, no other countries had a problem with the system? None at all? It was a little too much for me to believe. The pacing was just a little bit off too, which threw off my reading experience. The school scenes could have been cut down since it really dragged the beginning and I didn't see how its length really added to the story as a whole. The ending was wrapped up in about a chapter and lef
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Cassie is the daughter of an infamous hacker and a mother who is a professor. After the death of her father she is angry and lashes out at her mother and is always angry and having to change not only her home but her school leads her to make poor decisions.
Online bullying has led the government to create a type of justice system called "The HIve" in which society passes judgement on those who transgress and the degree of punishment is voted on by followers of "Blinq" who can up or down vote eac
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I was given this novel from NetGalley for an honest review.
If you've ever watched Black Mirror this book definitely has that feel to it. A possible scenario that could happen in the future with social media. And a very scary one at that!
For people that don't speak code or understand computer lingo. The gist of this novel is, in the future the government basically controls online bullying by allowing users to be in control of what is being said or done. If you're doing something people don't like
Kate Grace
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The Hive‘s strength lies in its concept(s) - the book’s an awesome thought experiment. It poses tough but compelling questions about identity in the age of social media; internet addiction; the intersection of government and technology; and most importantly public shaming.

The book falters, however, in its execution. I’m not referring to writing style - the language is deft and works for action/adventure. I’m referring instead to development. The world-building, characterization, and plot all re
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Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. According to Kirkus, he's also a "YA rebel-author." Somehow, the two just don't seem to go together to him.

When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wou
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