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It instantly goes viral, but here's the thing: it's not Kyla in the video. With time running out, Kyla delves into a world of hackers, haters and creepy stalkers in an attempt to do the impossible-take something off the internet-all while dealing with the fallout from her own karmic footprint. Set in near-future Brooklyn, where privacy is a bygone luxury and every perfect profile masks damning secrets, The Takedown is a stylish, propulsive, and provocative whodunit, asking who would you rely on if your tech turned against you?
This fascinating novel brings to mind a lot of questions about our use of technology. Although Kylie is living sometime in the future the book doesn't give a date, but mid-late 's seems to be a good guess , it is all too easy to imagine her issues as our own. Kylie lives in a world where social media isn't just another fancy option--it's a way of life and yes, I realize we are quickly moving that direction!
However, the technology in this story has progressed to where you are automatically tagged in anything with your face and you cannot permanently untag yourself. Creepy, right? This book especially calls out that fine print that we almost never read before hitting the "accept" box. It's so easy to sign away our rights without giving it a second thought! Pros: This book is unlike any other tech-crazy book I have ever read! You can bet this makes for an interesting genre combination.
As I mentioned above--and I think it merits noting again--this book was realistic. The technology wasn't anything I couldn't easily imagine happening sometime in the near ish future. No hovercrafts or whatnot. This made it far easier for me to sympathize with Kylie's issues. I always find it difficult to empathize with a character whose world seems ridiculously fictitious. Throughout the book, you discover that Kylie is an extremely complicated character.
Like all people, she is quite the cocktail of good and bad, kind and unintentionally-but-nonetheless cruel, understanding and unfeeling, etc.. Although she has "friends," the video scandal forces her to reevaluate those friendships. I think we all can agree that social media has drastically changed how we create and maintain friendships, and not necessarily for the better The writing style of this book is actually kind of hilarious.
Half the time, it's like you're reading someone's texts. That dress! However, it just adds flavor to the text--there isn't enough thrown in to hinder the reading process. Cons: This is sort of a tough one for me. See, there were some parts of the book regarding Kylie's friends that made me and Kylie, haha more than a little uncomfortable.
However, it's a bit hard to explain in a book review. See, it's the sort of thing where I'd have to write an entire page essay explaining exactly why I personally objected to it and in what conditions those particular objections apply. Complicated, right? Soooooo if you read all of this review including the breakdown at the end and are concerned about something, you're welcome to shoot me an email and I'll give you a more detailed idea of what bothered me!
But I'll say here that it was nothing explicit and nothing I think most parents would necessarily object to their mid-older teens reading. And you know I tend to be picky there! It was more of a personal thing. I found The Takedown to be intriguing, well-written, and relatable. Definition of a well-rounded 4 star novel! Apr 20, Michelle rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book. I love that FreeForm now has a line of young adult titles. The books are a lot like their tv shows- fast paced, addictive, dramatic, and totally engaging. The Takedown feels like something that could happen in real life, as scary as that is.
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The book takes place in the not so distant future and it asks the question, "who would you rely on if your tech turned against you? The idea kind of terrifies me. Either way, I was totally hooked on this book. Once I picked it up, I couldn't stop reading. The thing that I found the most fascinating about The Takedown was actually the characters. The characters in this book are not your typical characters. At least, they didn't feel like that to me.
Some of them were likable, and some of them were total jerks. But even the jerky characters worked for me. But in this book, I found myself wondering and strangely attached to all of the girls, even the mean ones. I found myself particularly attached to Kyla. She is super complex and interesting, and I have no idea what I would have done if I were put in her position. Kyle embarks to solve the mystery of who is putting up falisfied videos featuring her.
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The Takedown is a mystery novel that you will not be able to put down. I couldn't rest until I figured out just what the heck was going on. Corrie Wang did an excellent job with the plot and the writing. And the characters. Heck, she did an awesome job all the way around. The Takedown is a book that felt very fresh and very timely. I know it is set in the future, but the realness of the situation added a creepy fatcor to the story that half terrified me and half fascinated me while I was reading it.
I couldn't put this book down. If you like mysteries and you like books that tweak the current state of our technologically plugged in to social media lives, you will love The Takedown. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs Apr 06, Gianna rated it really liked it. I received an ebook for review from Netgalley. I quite enjoyed this book, especially seeing Corrie Wang's take on technology in the future, showing us what life might be like once we are completely dependent on technology for anything and everything.
It also shows us how public everyone's lives most likely will become, considering where we are today. Wow, I think this is the first book with a Chinese-American main character since I read The Great Wall of Lucy Wu back in middle school that's a great book, by the way, you should go read it. Even though the book isn't mainly focused on her culture, it was still there, and interesting to hear about. I also really liked Sharma, because she was such a badass hacker. I mean sure, she was involved in some things, but still, I'd love to learn computers like she does. I don't really remember enough about the rest of the girls I just read it yesterday to have much to say about them.
I really enjoyed the plot, it was fast moving and I couldn't stop reading and that's saying something, I haven't finished a book in forever, and I finished this in a day. There were so many twists and turns, and I was only able to guess little things that were going to happen. I do wish the love thing was cut out, because honestly I couldn't care less about "Macky. There was a bit too much friendship drama for my liking. I mean, can't we get some supportive girl friendships here? But yes, overall I enjoyed it. Mar 30, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley.
Thank to you NetGalley and Freeform for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Every slight felt specifically, solely crafted for you.
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And the only thing worse than your 'unique' agony was the belief that no one else had to deal with anything as bad. Whip-smart dialogue and characters a la Mean Girls, interesting technology set in the near future and Thank to you NetGalley and Freeform for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Whip-smart dialogue and characters a la Mean Girls, interesting technology set in the near future and its impact on people's lives and an introduction to concepts of feminism and teen girls' use of their sexuality. Sure, there's the tired trope of hot yet emotionally advanced teen boy who professes his love for the main character on the daily look, a unicorn!
Oh, and of course the reader is taken along for the ride, trying to figure out just who did make the video. A strong entry into YA - sophisticated, astute, captivating and thought-provoking. Apr 05, MissFabularian added it. Overall, I liked this book. There were things I liked, and things I didn't, but overall it's solid.
The Good: At its core, The Takedown is a futuristic novel about modern feminism. A cyber terrorist creates a video using Kyla's image allegedly having sex with her teacher.
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To read more of this review, and to see an unboxing by Elizziebooks click here. May 22, Lindsay rated it liked it Shelves: ya , 3stars , library-read , read-in Mar 14, Cynthia rated it it was ok Shelves: ya-dystopian. Arc provided by netgalley for an honest review I personally didn't connect to this book, the storyline and the author's writing style did not work for me. The author uses text messages throughout her story and so many different tech terms that are very hard to grasp and understand.
While I'm not normally really picky, on things like this, but in this story not fully explaining the terms hurts the plot. The storyline is hard to follow and the character development that I like to see in books is la Arc provided by netgalley for an honest review I personally didn't connect to this book, the storyline and the author's writing style did not work for me. The storyline is hard to follow and the character development that I like to see in books is lacking a bit.
With that said, I would definitely still recommend this book to the appropriate reader. A reader who likes sci-fi, ya, drama, and social media. This book will definitely connect to today's teenagers that live viciously through social media. View 1 comment. I there were so many things I love about this book: the non-labeled romance, how complicated female friendships can become when you are trying to find out who you are, how every one of us can be the bully, how sexual allegations have more than one victim, bondings with parents, social constrains towards female sexuality, social media and user rights - there were so many complex issues happening here, and I loved that they were embraced and discussed in the novel.
But I cannot overlook a book ARG. But I cannot overlook a book that just used skank and slut so freely towards males and females without facing the consequences of using such titles. It seemed to undermine a lot of what the book was preaching. That was not resolved and was dismissed. I would have give this one the full five stars, but I'm not overlooking that issue lightly. There was a lot of slut shaming, and it was just brushed off when there was so much resolved by the end.
Apr 05, Rosa rated it really liked it. She's at the top of her class, super pretty, and has the hottest guy at school wrapped around her finger. She and her equally formidable girl squad members run the school. It's like mean girls, but Kyle's not actually mean. She is, however, super loaded and attends a swanky prep school. The book is set in futuristic Brooklyn where technology has been integrated to every aspect of society. Kyle uses audio text to send messages on her Doc and update her ConnectBook status.
There's Worldwide Facial Recognition that tags her in all photos and videos.
This is a nightmare for Kyle when a video surfaces of her having sex with her hunky English teacher. The thing is, Kyle is still a virgin, but the video is so good that no one really believes her, even her closest friends. The video goes viral and Kyle is left to find the culprit and save her reputation. I enjoyed the book. It reads more like a mystery and was a fun page turner. I finished in three sittings. I was hesitant because it's in first person and Kyle seems to be your stereotypical popular rich girl.
She says you're not going to like her on the first page, but I liked her. I didn't find her voice annoying as I often do reading young adult books. She wasn't full of feelings and rather rationale about it all. More than the plot, I enjoyed the social commentary. There's talk about technology permeating every aspect of our lives, being a feminist versus flaunting sexuality, and your everyday hormonal school dynamics of bullying and feeling left out. Teacher Review Should you teach this book: Yes.
Parallels to modern day tech and dangers of oversharing and next level cyberbullying Use as class choice novel. Will likely appeal more to girls. Mac, her romantic interest, interweaves Spanish in his speech. I'm not sure if this is authentic. His portrayal seemed ok to me, but I'm a Korean American from Texas. Every major character is affluent in the story. A significant part of the book is about a girl posting half-naked pictures on a blog and profiting from advertisers.
Teachers will have to plan context and discussions accordingly. Bonus: Lots of txt talk and parallels to current tech. Get the version with the author interview. Provides insight into the social commentary through the book. Apr 14, Kristin rated it it was amazing Shelves: provided-by-netgalley-reviews. This novel sounded intriquing and suspenseful, two of my favorite qualities to find in a book. The Takedown follows Kyla as she maneuvers her life of college applications, holding space in the mean girls, popular crowd, boys, and more.
Unfortunately for her someone is out to get her. From moment one in this book you can feel the tension building.