#Murdertrending

#Murdertrending

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim...

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Author:Gretchen McNeil
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Edition Language:English

#Murdertrending Reviews

  • Stacee

    Oh man, I loved this book, but I knew I would. Gretchen’s words are always a favorite and she writes murdery goodness like no one else.

    I loved Dee. She’s smart and somehow levelheaded and much more of a bad ass than I would have been. The Death Row Breakfast Club is just as awesome. I loved Ethan’s movie quotes and Gris’s sarcasm, and Nyles had me at being British.

    Plot wise it’s quite unique, yet also a bit of a commentary on current events. It was fast paced from the beginning and doesn’t let

    Oh man, I loved this book, but I knew I would. Gretchen’s words are always a favorite and she writes murdery goodness like no one else.

    I loved Dee. She’s smart and somehow levelheaded and much more of a bad ass than I would have been. The Death Row Breakfast Club is just as awesome. I loved Ethan’s movie quotes and Gris’s sarcasm, and Nyles had me at being British.

    Plot wise it’s quite unique, yet also a bit of a commentary on current events. It was fast paced from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the end. I know this is fairly vague, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

    Overall, it was a quick read with characters I was rooting for right from the start. The ending was satisfying and I’m wondering if there will be more. Regardless, I’m 100000% here for Gretchen’s words.

    **Huge thanks to Freeform for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    Set in the near future, eighteen year old Dee has been convicted of murdering her stepsister, and is sentenced to a new type of prison, known as Alcatraz 2.0, run by a mysterious figure known as The Postman. Located on an island, Alcatraz 2.0 is always under surveillance, and the public can tune in at any time to watch the live feeds of the prisoners. What makes this prison different is the fact that there are killers on the island, who, allowed by the government, torture and kill the convicted

    Set in the near future, eighteen year old Dee has been convicted of murdering her stepsister, and is sentenced to a new type of prison, known as Alcatraz 2.0, run by a mysterious figure known as The Postman. Located on an island, Alcatraz 2.0 is always under surveillance, and the public can tune in at any time to watch the live feeds of the prisoners. What makes this prison different is the fact that there are killers on the island, who, allowed by the government, torture and kill the convicted felons that end up there. The audience can watch the murders and place bets on who they think the killer will be for each inmate.

    Dee swears she's innocent, and refuses to become one of the island's next victims. She forms a group of friends, nicknamed by the public the Death Row Breakfast Club, and together they try their best to stay alive day by day. Dee is determined to find a way off of the island to prove her innocence, but in doing so, has placed herself right in the The Postman's line of sight.

    As soon as I read the blurb for #MurderTrending, I knew I had to read it! I am a huge fan of books that incorporate social media into the plot, given how prevalent social media is for most people these days. Reading the book was an interesting experience, because while we know from the beginning that Dee says she's innocent, you can't help but rooting for not just her, but her entire posse of friends, even knowing that they've all been sentenced to the island because they are convicted killers (regardless of whether or not they say they are innocent). 

    Another element to the book that I loved was the mysterious character, known as The Postman - a former reality TV producer, who no-one knows the identity of, but who runs the island. There are a few chapters that are told from The Postman's point of view, which made him even more intriguing. 

    If you are a fan of books like The Hunger Games and 1984, movies like The Purge and Untraceable, and shows like Big Brother, I think you'll be a fan of this book. There are elements of survival, voyeurism, social media, dystopia, and corrupt governments and legal systems, and I think some of these things are really relevant to today's society, just on a smaller scale. 

    All in all, this was a perfect YA thriller for me, and exactly what I needed to read at the moment. Because it's YA, it was quick and easy to get through, but didn't skimp on the gore or reveals. I also loved the ending of the book - it did a great job wrapping up this story so the reader doesn't feel like they got ripped off, while leaving it open just enough to leave room for a sequel (which comes out next year!). I'd like to thank Freeform for my copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review. 

  • Dennis

    3.5 stars

    In a world where

    and

    collide—

    shows us a society crippled by reality television and instant social media validation. Seriously folks, this book is a lot of fun and all too real for me. Dee Guerrera is wrongfully convicted for the murder of her step-sister Monica and sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for punishment. Alcatraz 2.0 is a man-made prison island off the coast of San Francisco where the worst convicts imaginable are sent to live out their days i

    3.5 stars

    In a world where

    and

    collide—

    shows us a society crippled by reality television and instant social media validation. Seriously folks, this book is a lot of fun and all too real for me. Dee Guerrera is wrongfully convicted for the murder of her step-sister Monica and sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for punishment. Alcatraz 2.0 is a man-made prison island off the coast of San Francisco where the worst convicts imaginable are sent to live out their days in fear. They must work, they are provided housing, and they are able to maintain their lives accordingly. However, the prison is run by

    —businessman and reality television producer who enlists the help of a rolodex of infamous serial killers to provide excruciating executions of the convicts; all captured on the The Postman app that viewers can tune into.

    Dee awakens on Alcatraz 2.0 and immediately realizes that she's fallen victim to the show and must fight in order to survive. She knows that she was wrongfully convicted and wants to prove her innocence before it's too late. She meets a group of other young, attractive people in Alcatraz 2.0 and starts an alliance with them. #DeathRowBreakfastClub Time is running out for the newly established group, because as everybody knows—nobody gets out of Alcatraz 2.0 alive.

    Gretchen McNeil, I truly love the sick and twisted world you provided in

    . I really didn't think this book would be as fun as you made it for us. The pacing of

    is fast, action-packed, and edge-of-your-seat thrilling. The story starts off with a bang, but it doesn't stop from there so I urge you to plan the day accordingly (seriously, this book is unputdownable!).

    I had a few critiques about the story, which is why I couldn't give

    a higher rating. I felt that the backstory was a little weak and unbelievable. The foundation to the overall arc of the story was a little flat and could've been handled in more detail. I can't comment more about that without ruining the story for you, so after you read

    ,

    I also felt that there were serious plot holes and continuity issues that were made to keep the story going at it's fast-paced level. I wanted more story foundation, rather than continuous action—I actually rolled my eyes several times at how the situation was randomly handled and that definitely affected my rating. Maybe if the backstory was handled more and the secondary characters had a POV, the development of the story could have been more persuasive for me.

    Even though I had some critiques about the story,

    was fabulous in the most disgusting way possible! It's very, very,

    graphic at times so if you can't stomach gruesome violence, maybe give this one a pass! My boyfriend thinks I'm totally messed up in the head for enjoying this book, but what can I say?! I urge you to pick this story up if you're interested in a YA story with an original spin on a dystopian society.

    P.S.: Don't think I didn't notice all the

    references! Love, love, loved that!

  • Sh3llraiser

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    You know what? This was fun! Empty your brain, don't expect some super literary journey, view it like this:

    And you'll be all good.

    The premise is this: America elected a President that used to be a reality TV star (hold up, no, this isn't nonfiction, peeps) and he green-lights a reality TV where young people who have been accused of capital crimes go to Alcatraz 2.0 (yes, the island surrounded by sharks and stuff) where they get semi-run-down apartments and jobs and debit cards whil

    /

    You know what? This was fun! Empty your brain, don't expect some super literary journey, view it like this:

    And you'll be all good.

    The premise is this: America elected a President that used to be a reality TV star (hold up, no, this isn't nonfiction, peeps) and he green-lights a reality TV where young people who have been accused of capital crimes go to Alcatraz 2.0 (yes, the island surrounded by sharks and stuff) where they get semi-run-down apartments and jobs and debit cards while they wait for professionally-hired serial killers to murder them.

    The serial killers have names like Molly Mauler, Cecil B. DeViolent, DIYnona, and Gucci Hangman. Fans of the show have a social media site similar to Twitter where they post and vote and hashtag everything. Each of the killers has a "theme." Death by gas, mauled by animals, tortured by coffee shop tools.

    It's all so silly and ridiculous. The "man behind the curtain" and side story with the main character, Dee, who was kidnapped at 12 for a week or so, is so over the top, you just have to let it go and accept the insanity. If you CAN, and not turn into serious, Sad Batman

    About it... you'll probably enjoy this. Probably closer to a 3.5 stars, but hey, I plowed through it, so... being lenient.

    Oh, I am not classifying this as Young Adult because it is quite violent and there are tons of F-bombs. Probably okay for 16, 17 year olds, but not for young teens. Just my view. There is no sex and it IS written in a way that would indicate a younger audience; however, it feels more like horror than your average YA. I would rate it "R," if it was me. In case you are curious. *shrug*

  • Laura

    This is one of those books that is just pure fun. The concept is neat mixing murder with reality tv in a near-future where death row means being sent to Alcatraz 2.0 where a psyc

    This is one of those books that is just pure fun. The concept is neat mixing murder with reality tv in a near-future where death row means being sent to Alcatraz 2.0 where a psychotic killer will hunt you down and end your life - all while being live-streamed for the entire world’s viewing pleasure. And if they’d like, there will be replays available and forums where you can discuss your favorite murders or murderers. Interesting, right?

    Dee Guerrera wakes up on Alcatraz 2.0 after her hearing. Three weeks ago, she would’ve never seen herself here. It actually makes no sense because she didn’t kill her step-sister regardless of what the jury said. Will Dee be killed off before she can prove she didn’t actually commit the crime?

    If you think this sounds thrilling and fast-paced, you’re right. It could’ve been better if there was more development to the characters. I was more in the need of a palate cleanser read, so I didn’t mind it. I was in this for the murdery fun. I didn’t care about the lack of believability or the predictable moments. I still liked the journey of figuring out whodunnit regardless of how obvious it was.

    I did love that Dee was constantly given Disney princess outfits. It made for some fun references throughout the action and gore. Now that I’m seeing there is a sequel, I am curious where it will go. More horror is always welcome. Since I enjoyed this and

    , I’ll have to read more McNeil.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    We've seen oodles of YA novels published with themes of youth battling each other to the death, which is why I'm amazed at how unique and engaging Gretchen McNeil was able to make

    feel. In a sea of similarly plotted novels, does it stand out above the rest? Not necessarily, but it was still a really fun read that I would highly recommend to those YA lovers who need something to bust their reading slump. It was incredibly fast paced and action

    We've seen oodles of YA novels published with themes of youth battling each other to the death, which is why I'm amazed at how unique and engaging Gretchen McNeil was able to make

    feel. In a sea of similarly plotted novels, does it stand out above the rest? Not necessarily, but it was still a really fun read that I would highly recommend to those YA lovers who need something to bust their reading slump. It was incredibly fast paced and action packed, the type of book that has you gripped with bated breath while sitting on the edge of your seat.

    I did find some of the character development lacking and the backstory a little underwhelming, but overall those were minor complaints and didn't take away from the fact that this is an enjoyable read. Readers who are squeamish will want to give this one a wide berth though; it is VERY graphic with explicit descriptions of violence of all kinds. If you enjoy the gory stuff like I do though, I think you'll want to pick this one up for the sheer fact that it's so gripping and the plot really draws you in. Gretchen McNeil once again proves that she's a force to be reckoned with in the world of YA thrillers and will continue to hold a place on my list of auto-buy authors. <3

  • Jilly

    This book was super strange. I don't know if was meant to be a thriller, but I can tell you that I never felt any creepiness or suspense at all. And yet, there were super graphic grisly murders throughout the book. It reminded me of an episode of Scooby Doo, but with bloody murders.

    Yeah, like that.

    The book is all about Alcatraz 2.0 where killers are sent to be killed by serial killers while being filmed and shown on the internet. Everyone is addicted to watching the gore. Our heroine is a teen w

    This book was super strange. I don't know if was meant to be a thriller, but I can tell you that I never felt any creepiness or suspense at all. And yet, there were super graphic grisly murders throughout the book. It reminded me of an episode of Scooby Doo, but with bloody murders.

    Yeah, like that.

    The book is all about Alcatraz 2.0 where killers are sent to be killed by serial killers while being filmed and shown on the internet. Everyone is addicted to watching the gore. Our heroine is a teen who was wrongfully convicted of killing her step-sister. Well, who doesn't want to kill their step-sister? I think that even if she was guilty, they should have let her go. Have you ever HAD a step-sister? They are pure evil.

    Huh. And, I just learned that step-sisters are slutty too. According to the place where only facts are printed - the internet.

    This all sounds like a cool, scary premise, but the problem was that every single character was a bad caricature of OTT villains. The serial killers were all some sort of theme, like:

    Prince Charming who dresses the girl victims up like Cinderella and kills them

    Gucci Hangman who uses fashionable, Gucci, ties to hang people

    Robin Hood who talks in ye old language and shoots them with arrows

    Gassy Al uses poison gas

    Hannah Ball cooks people and eats them

    ...etc...etc...

    A bunch of "characters" who are more ridiculous than scary, and they are even called "The Painiacs".

    Yes, it's as stupid as jazz. And, jazz-hands.

    And, the heroine makes a bunch of friends on the island and they are called "The Death Row Breakfast Club" and they are all caricatures too.

    Plus, the president of the United States is named "The Postman" and he is in charge of this computer show. Nobody has actually seen his face.

    *sigh*

    On the plus side, if you read it as a silly parody with the bonus of gross murders, you will like it.

    But, if you are looking for a new Hunger Games - keep on looking.

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

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    This was a fast paced, fun read that definitely kept me turning the pages. It has a certain edge of your seat factor to it as you ultimately never know when someone will be killed.

    In a nutshell the plot centers around Alcatraz 2.0. America has green lighted a prison reality show where being on death row means you are sent to a prison "island" run by the mysterious Postman where his appointed executioners/psychotic killers hunt you down for America's viewing pleasu

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    This was a fast paced, fun read that definitely kept me turning the pages. It has a certain edge of your seat factor to it as you ultimately never know when someone will be killed.

    In a nutshell the plot centers around Alcatraz 2.0. America has green lighted a prison reality show where being on death row means you are sent to a prison "island" run by the mysterious Postman where his appointed executioners/psychotic killers hunt you down for America's viewing pleasure. On the beloved app you can bet, comment and create fanfare for your favorite killers!

    Dee Guerrera awakens on Alcatraz 2.0 and immediately must fight for her life. She knows that she was wrongfully convicted of a heinous crime and wants to prove her innocence before she becomes the apps next victim. On the island she meets a group young, attractive inmates - who else would be starring on this reality show? The group unexpectedly begins looking out for each other despite the fact that they could all be killers. America aptly names them the #DeathRowBreakfastClub and can't stop watching their feed. Ratings are at an all time high but that means that time is running out for them because the more popular a criminal is on the feed, the more the Postman wants them dead.

    This is not the type of book to go into expecting lots of character development or a well crafted and deeply probed backstory but it was definitely a lot of fun to read. It has a cheesy 80s horror film vibe & I'm not ashamed to admit that I loved that about it!

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    1 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    I hate giving out 1-stars, and if you’ve followed me for a while, you may have already noticed you don’t see that rating here very often. That’s because even if I didn’t like a book overall, there’s usually still something I enjoyed about it. With #MurderTrending though, I think I’d be hard-pressed to find anything too positive to say about this hot mess. It simply did not work for me—on any level.

    But first, here’s the boo

    1 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    I hate giving out 1-stars, and if you’ve followed me for a while, you may have already noticed you don’t see that rating here very often. That’s because even if I didn’t like a book overall, there’s usually still something I enjoyed about it. With #MurderTrending though, I think I’d be hard-pressed to find anything too positive to say about this hot mess. It simply did not work for me—on any level.

    But first, here’s the book’s premise for some context of everything I’m going to discuss: It is the near future, and the President of the United States is a former reality TV star who thought it would be a great idea to outsource the justice and penal systems to a psychopath television producer known only by his internet handle, The Postman. Court trials have become a farce where anyone who is merely suspected of murder is pronounced guilty and sent to a prison island near San Francisco, dubbed Alcatraz 2.0, where every inch and corner is surveilled by cameras mounted on robotic birds. This live footage is streamed 24/7 to millions of viewers around the world tuning in to see the prisoners executed in the most brutal ways by federally sanctioned killers with names like Gucci Hangman and Molly Mauler, whose cheesy names and shticks are an attempt to drive up their popularity on social media.

    The book follows Dee Guerrera, a teenager who was sent to Alcatraz 2.0 after being wrongfully convicted of murdering her stepsister. She becomes the next victim of Prince Slycer, one of the island’s executioners whose gimmick involves dressing up his executionees as princesses from Disney movies, immediately earning Dee the nickname #CinderellaSurvivor when she manages to escape his clutches. Determined to find her stepsister’s true killer, Dee teams up with other teens on the island in order to expose the reality of Alcatraz 2.0 and bring down The Postman.

    Oh boy, where do I start? As an avid reader of sci-fi and fantasy I consider myself to be pretty good at suspending my disbelief. But this book was beyond ridiculous. If it weren’t for the over-the-top gore and violence, I would have thought this was written for six-year-olds on account of how juvenile and ludicrous it sounds. Even leaving aside the more nonsensical elements, in today’s world where you pretty much can’t show anything on the television without getting someone up in arms over it, the idea of a 24-hour snuff show garnering wide acclaim and approval from the public isn’t just eye-roll inducing, it makes me want to bash my head against a wall.

    And then there were the characters. Had they been written well, perhaps I could have put aside my incredulity of the premise. Unfortunately, at no point in the novel did Dee actually feel like a real person to me. She seemed detached and strangely unconcerned with her circumstances from the moment she arrived on Alcatraz 2.0. Sure, there might have been a brief flash of “Oh crap, I am screwed”, but this was quickly replaced by her utter conviction that she will find her stepsister’s killer—even though she has absolutely no resources on the island, zero places to start, and every reason to believe she’ll be up next on the literal chopping block. Yet there was no fear or sadness. No hopelessness or despair. This isn’t badass. This is bad characterization.

    But maybe, just maybe, these characters were actually meant to be caricatures? After all, there was a character whose one memorable trait was his penchant to quote action movies from the 80s and 90s, and even as his friends were dying slow torturous deaths, he was busy channeling Rambo during the rescue mission. I mean, something this fucking goofy has got to be a joke…right? In fact, this entire novel was so absurd and extreme with its irreverence when it comes to violence and death, I was half convinced it was supposed to be ironic. But try as I did to see this novel as satire—a playful mockery on social media and the American obsession with Reality TV, perhaps—it was probably giving it too much credit. If this was meant to be satirical, then the author lacked the delicate expertise to pull it off properly. There was a desperation in the way her narrative attempted to justify the premise (with very flimsy logic) or to endear readers to the characters (by giving them very annoying quirks), and while sometimes exaggeration can be used as an effective device, in this case it was a complete disaster.

    There were so many other problems with this novel, not least the fact the story gets even more unrealistic and ridiculous towards the end (believe it or not). Suffice to say, I think I’ve covered all the major disappointments so I’m just going to wrap this up by saying I probably won’t be picking up anything else by the author. I’ve heard that being this insanely over-the-top is part and parcel of her style, and clearly I am not the intended audience.

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