July 26, 2016

Author: Joelle Charbonneau.


One by one, the teens in Nottawa, Wisconsin, join the newest, hottest networking site and answer one question: What do you need? A new iPhone? Backstage passes to a concert? In exchange for a seemingly minor task, the NEED site will fulfill your request. Everyone is doing it. So why shouldn’t you? Kaylee Dunham knows what she needs—a kidney for her sick brother. She doesn’t believe a social networking site can help, but it couldn’t hurt to try. Or could it? After making her request, Kaylee starts to realize the price that will have to be paid for her need to be met. The demands the site makes on users in exchange for their desires are escalating, and so is the body count. Will Kaylee be able to unravel the mystery of who created the NEED network before it destroys them all?

My Thoughts:

While the violence got brutal and the main character was not totally likeable, the writing was excellent. Suspense built expertly, and I couldn’t put it down. A rather dreadful look at want vs. need and human greed.

Content Review:

Sexual content: Low. One girl wears a low-necked shirt to flatter herself for her date. One kiss.

Language: 21 hell, 11 d***

Violence: High. Off-screen, dogs are killed bloodily. One girl with a peanut allergy dies due to it. One girl is tied up and left in a building soaked with gasoline (she escapes). Death threats are made to one character. One character is kidnapped to be killed (he escapes). One character is shot in the stomach and killed. Another is left behind in a building that explodes.

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