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Who will like The Takedown? Teenagers, anyone who's been bullied/cyberbullied, lived in NYC or Brooklyn, been shut out of a clique, anyone fascinated by hacking or future tech. In other words, it has broad appeal. Wang coins futuristic teen slang and makes it sound not only believable but contemporary. Much of it was sheer genius. The phones, acronymed PHDs, morph into Docs, naturally. Quip streams, Woofer filtering, and YurTube are everyday tech.
The most fun I've had reading a book in a long time. Consternation face. This isn't Connie Wang's day job.
I adore a good cast of flawed characters, and when this book opened with the main character telling me that I was not going to like her, I was insta-hooked! Whether or not the main character, Kyla Cheng, lives up to the promise, I will leave a mystery. But I will say that this cast is full of brilliantly-crafted characters, none of whom are what they appear to be on the surface.
This book is set in New York City in the nearish future, and Wang does such an amazing job of building out what that world might be like. The tech is incredible and believable, and not advanced that readers won’t be able to relate to it. The slang she’s created is also brilliant. It very much felt like a natural progression from the acronym-filled language we use today, and it really gave the text so much character.
At first, the main character and her friends do appear to be a very stereotypical mean-girl posse. However, the further you get into the book, the more complicated and interesting they become. Kyla’s family dynamic is also fascinating to read about, particularly her relationship with her mother.
The mystery that is ever-present in this plot is gripping. I suspected just about every character at various moments throughout the story of being the culprit behind Kyla’s tech-assisted takedown.
This story is gripping, fun, and even a little bit creepy. What an excellent debut for Wang! I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.
The feminist story raises several important issues. Why does no one, even her best friends, believe Kyla when she says the video is a fake? Why is the hottest guy in school not called a slut for his serial romances and that thing he can do with his thumb while the Kyla is universally shunned after the video is posted? What are the consequences of not reading those long, tedious disclosure clauses when we sign up on social media sites? Would we be able to take down a video that showed us in an unflattering light from a social media website?
Teens are warned to be careful in their use of social media every day, but the possible consequences of weak, infrequently changed passwords are portrayed credibly in this story. A must-read for those wary of identity theft and social media attacks, and those who should be. Also a reminder of the golden rule because what goes around, comes around.
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Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Book Group for the opportunity to read and review The Takedown by Corrie Wang!Read more
Corrie Wang got me with the image on the cover, initially. But then, as soon as I started reading the book, I was stunned that she told the readers immediately that we...Read more
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