Friday, January 14, 2011


The UnidentifiedThe Unidentified by Rae Mariz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(from Goodreads)
Kid knows her school’s corporate sponsors not-so-secretly monitor her friendships and activities for market research. It’s all a part of the Game; the alternative education system designed to use the addictive kick from video games to encourage academic learning. Everyday, a captive audience of students ages 13-17 enter the nationwide chain store-like Game locations to play.

When a group calling themselves The Unidentified simulates a suicide to protest the power structure of their school, Kid’s investigation into their pranks attracts unwanted attention from the sponsors. As Kid finds out she doesn't have rights to her ideas, her privacy, or identity, she and her friends look for a way to revolt in a place where all acts of rebellion are just spun into the next new ad campaign.

I started off liking this book a lot and in fact I continued to like this book all the way through to the end. So you are probably wondering why I gave this only 3 stars, right? Well, actually I would give it 3.5 stars and the reason for that is because although this book was good, nothing happened in it to make me get excited.

This story is about a girl named Kid who is enrolled in "The Game". It is a school of sorts where the sponsors have control over what is going on. They know everything that you saying to your friends over your intouch@, that is supplied by these sponsors. Everything you do in this "school" you are doing to make the sponsors happy and to try and get yourself into the next level. Not everyone is accepted into this "school" and not everyone makes it through to the end.

There are different cliques there and as in any school, you have the outcasts and the "popular" kids. Kids that get "branded" are the most sought after. Everyone wants to be their friends and the sponsors want them to sign on with them also. The "branded" kids get a ton of free stuff and get invited to the best things.

Kid is just an average student with very few friends, until she witnesses a anti-sponsor(corporate) prank. Now she can't stop thinking about it and digs deeper in to see who is involved. Because of this the sponsors start to take notice of her and she signs on with two of them. But being "branded" isn't always as good as it seems and Kid finds that maybe she was better off being unnoticed.

The world that Rae Mariz built for the story was great and that is the thing that I really liked, but there wasn't much action or drama. There was some, but it was so low key that I read this book with the same emotion through out. That is what made me give this book only a 3.5 starts instead of higher.

I will definitely check out more of Rae Marizs writing and I do recommend this book to others, I just wish that there was more "stuff" that would of happened...

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1 comment:

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