Author: Rae Mariz
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Mariz creates a social networking crazed world that pulls you in slowly and then keeps the pages turning even though you may not understand why. The Unidentified isn’t a fast paced thriller, and while there is a bit of a mystery as Kid tries to found out more about the so called Unidentified group, the pace of the book is still rather slow.
I did not get hooked on this novel right away, but the further I got into it, the more it interested me. I thought it was going to be a social commentary about how much the lives of today’s youth revolve around social media and networking and how we over share to the point of wondering if nothing about ourselves is left a secret anymore. To a point, I guess this book still delivers some aspects to that point. But what started out as an interesting premise along these lines fell off the rails by the end. The world Mariz creates is hard to take seriously as well. Dozens of “Games” around the country/world where kids pick the fashion, what’s trending, everything? No more schools? What about the rest of the world outside of the Games? If you stop to think about the possibility of this novel even for a moment, it immediately becomes less and less attractive as a good read.
Nevertheless, it is a quick read that teens may enjoy, even though the ending definitely felt like a letdown.