We have a guest post from my student Maddi P.!
“No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better.”
Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.
This book was different for me to read, and I liked trying something new. In the past, I have read mostly realistic fiction. NEED was in the sci-fi genre and it drew me into the book. I am not a big reader, but the story line kept me on the edge of my seat. This made me want to keep reading more and more. Since I am not a big reader, I was surprised and impressed that I liked it so much. The story is about a new social media site for the students at Nottawa High School, and only them. As the website grows, the plot thickens and things start to get more interesting. The students get caught up in the excitement of the things they want versus the things they need. They go to extreme measures, following the task instructions of Need.
I think that this book gives a message to be careful with the things you see on the internet. It shows the part of social media most people don’t see or realize that these types of scenarios could happen. Even though these types of tasks in the book will most likely never happen, it can open their eyes to what people are capable of. NEED is a great book for teens to read because it gives a valuable lesson and can make them aware of what to look for when using social media sites. NEED is a great book to keep you wanting more. I would definitely recommend this book!