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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. (which is not always the case. normally I hate a character= I write them off. 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. 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 factor 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.
*Disclaimer- I received a copy of this book for free.
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.
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