ARC Review: The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden

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 things arguably worse.

“Now, people were fully accountable for their online behavior… and faced real-world consequences. […] Things were better now. People were more careful online, more responsible. How could that be wrong?”

Cassie McKinney is our sixteen-year-old main character, daughter of a famous hacker with her own coding skills up her sleeve. But since her father died six months earlier, she hasn’t really worked with code. She’s angry and she wants to participate in some Hive justice… until she is on the wrong end of the Hive herself and running for her life.

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