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The Unidentified by Rae Mariz

The UnidentifiedThe Unidentified by Rae Mariz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Following along my dystopian kick, I picked this one up after hearing someone discuss it at the ICFA in Orlando. I thought the concept was spot on and it had a combination feel of Monica Hughes’ Invitation to the Game, MT Anderson’s Feed and So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld.

Rampant consumerism, consumerized education, branded styles, trendsetters and cool hunters, popularity and technology all surround apathetic Kid who is more concerned with making music and just getting by than trying to get noticed by sponsors and get branded. But after she witnesses a disturbing stunt, she starts to do some research. She stumbles upon the UnIdentified–a group committed to staying below the controlling technology and constant feed access of the Game. But Kid has been noticed now, and she stumbles onto something more than a bunch of teenaged rebels.

An interesting read, and some interesting characters. Overall I enjoyed the story arc and the world building, noticing that the focus on the microcosm of the futuristic high school kept the story quote controlled and not overwhelming in regards to world building. However, I was disappointed that the novel ended where it did…it felt sudden and unsatisfying. Realistic, yes, but I would have like a few ends to be tied up. It seems that this might continue into a trilogy, though I don’t think the existing story has enough momentum to do so. So, we’ll see.

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79 is the 2009 Number


I am gearing up for my 2009 Retrospective look at books, but it is a time consuming task and I have not committed the block of time necessary to complete it as of yet. I think it shall be forthcoming on Thursday.

However, my friends, I did complete 79 books in 2009, which is well about my yearly average of 55 books. I know that I can thank Crit for this, having had to read 2-3 books a week was a great way to end my year reading. Speaking of that delightful class, I did earn myself an A-, of which I am incredibly proud. All of my hard work did not go to waste.

I started reading MT Anderson’s “Feed” upon Lauren’s request, and it is quite good so far. It shall be my read of choice for today. I am also in the process of reading “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (which is not really holding my attentions) and “Magician’s Elephant” by Kate DiCamillo–which incidentally has such delightful prose that reading it is pure joy.

Well now, for now, I am out. You shall get the run down very shortly!


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