I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil
Genres: YA, Horror
Published by Freeform on August 7, 2018
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Also by this author: Ten, Relic
WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.
When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?
The instant Dee Guerrera peeled open her eyelids and gazed around the dimly lit warehouse, she knew she was screwed. (taken from eARC so subject to change)
Here is what I thought
It’s some time in the near future and someone has come up with an app to live stream criminals getting killed in brutal ways by other killers for all to see. It’s called the Postman App and it seems a lot of people like to watch this app.
There are two different stories that intertwine as the story progresses. Dee was kidnapped when she was eleven and has PTSD but things where going okay for her until her step sister is killed and she finds herself in Alcatraz 2.0. The only thing is is Dee knows she is innocent, she didn’t killer her sister and it looks like Prince Slycer is coming for her, but she grabs something and wams him and he ends up dead.
Nobody kills the killers and it was done on live streaming and because of how she is dressed up she is called #cinderellasurvivor and in a whole lot of trouble. Nobody really wants anything to do with her but the ragtag bunch she works with (yes they have jobs) at I Scream the ice cream shop. They eventually get called the Death Row Breakfast Club because it’s an oddball group.
Eventually Dee realizes that the postman wants to punish her by going after her new friends of sorts because can you really trust others in Alcatraz 2.0. The postman has an agenda and staying alive is not going to be easy.
So it’s pretty much your typical slasher style read but there was times when I got super bored with it towards the middle and thought the author could have cut about 50 pages or so and made it a bit action packed. I wasn’t a huge fan of any of the characters mainly because I was never sure if one was a bad guy and I kept thinking one is going to be bad, so I never allowed myself to like any of them. Especially since I knew somewhere going to die. They are your typical teen group, the jock, the nerdy guy, the macho girl, etc. Dee becomes sort of the leader of the bunch and I thought it was super amazing how she could take down all the killers who are adults and obviously been killing for a long time, but hey I went with it. It was real easy to figure out who was doing things and I am not sure if it was meant to be that easy or I just read to many of these types of books.
The ending was left open and at the time I was a bit confused about how it ended then I found out there will be a sequel called #murderfunding so that made the ending better. I will probably try the next one as I am curious what is going to happen to those left on the island.