Waiting on Wednesday: The Unidentified

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Rae Mariz’s The Unidentified is an anticorporate futuristic book that lashes out against consumerism. The message appears to be similar in many ways to M.T. Anderson’s Feed. The overt use of children for marking research and branding instruction forms an interesting premise, and while I am wary of a book like this being a little too preachy, it sounds like it could be a good read. The Unidentified will be released by Balzer + Bray on October 5th.

Fifteen-year-old Katey (aka Kid) goes to school in the Game—a mall converted into a “school” run by corporate sponsors. As the students play their way through the levels, they are also creating products and being used for market research by the sponsors, who are watching them 24/7 on video cameras.

Kid has a vague sense of unease but doesn’t question this existence until one day she witnesses a shocking anticorporate prank. She follows the clues to uncover the identities of the people behind it and discovers an anonymous group that calls itself the Unidentified. Intrigued by their counterculture ideas and enigmatic leader, Kid is drawn into the group. But when the Unidentified’s pranks and even Kid’s own identity are co-opted by the sponsors, Kid decides to do something bigger—something that could change the Game forever.

This funny, sharp, and thought-provoking novel heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in teen fiction.–From Amazon

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