Dee Guerrera has been wrongfully convicted of her stepsister's murder and dumped on Alcatraz 2.0, the most popular prison on social media. She's innocent, but no one cares. They're here to see justice served--and in this world, there's an app for that. All Dee wants is stay alive long enough to figure out who really killed her stepsister, but she'll be lucky if she makes it through the week. Gruesome, funny, and fast-paced, readers will root for Dee while also enjoying the clever traps and elaborate deaths planned by the island's thematic serial killers. Will she survive Prince Slycer, who dresses his victims like Disney Princesses? What about the Gucci Hangman's fabulous and fashionable murder scenes? Part murder mystery, part biting satire, and all fun. --Lish
— From Lish
@doctorfusionbebop: Some 17 y. o. chick named Dee Guerrera was just sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for killing her stepsister. So, how long do you think she'll last?
@morrisdavis72195: I hope she meets justice! She'll get what's coming to her! BWAHAHA!
@EltonJohnForevzz: Me? I think Dee's innocent. And I hope she can survive.
WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 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 seventeen-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 of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn't commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she's innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman's cast of executioners kill them off one by one?
About the Author
Gretchen McNeil is the author of I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl and the Don't Get Mad duology, as well as the YA horror novels Possess, 3:59, Relic, and Ten which was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and was adapted as the Lifetime original movie Ten: Murder Island in 2017. You can find her online at www.GretchenMcNeil.com, on Instagram @Gretchen_McNeil, and on Twitter @GretchenMcNeil.
"#MURDERTRENDING is a slick, sharp, darkly comedic thrill ride. #AMustRead."—Lamar Giles, Edgar Award Nominated author of Fake I.D.
"#MurderTrending is an edge-of-your-seat, heart-pounding thriller...[An] inventively gory, regularly humorous and extremely suspenseful novel."—Shelf Awareness
"The bloodthirsty, reality-TV-obsessed culture and the corrupt government sponsoring the show [closely] mirror our own world. The provocative message... translates, powerfully, and centering Dee and her fellow inmates in this twisty, gory story ultimately serves as a sharp indictment of our flawed judicial system."—Entertainment Weekly
"A campy ride through an all-too-familiar and twisted world that will keep you guessing."—Mindy McGinnis, author of YALSA Top 10 Best YA Fiction of 2016 The Female of the Species
"McNeil's talent for creating an enticing plot paired with heart-pounding pacing shines in her latest."—BuzzfeedAccolades
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BNTeen: Welcome Freshmen: New Releases: Criminals Go Viral, Robin Hood Gets Retold, and What's Lost is Found (2018, selection)
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BNTeen: 15 YA Books to Read After Loving HBO's Sharp Objects (2018, selection)
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BuzzFeed: 23 YA Books That You'll Absolutely Want to Pick Up This Fall (2018, selection)
Bustle: 13 Politically-Charged Horror Novels To Motivate You To Fight The Real Monsters (2018, selection)
"The fast-paced action will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games... A gory thriller that moves at breakneck speed, this book will be hard to put down for older teens with a penchant for horror."—School Library Journal
"McNeil has written a compelling story that cleverly mixes dystopian, survivalist, and mystery genres together... Give to fans of action, mysteries, and Saw-esque tricks and traps."—Booklist
"In this biting satire of reality shows and today's U.S. political atmosphere... McNeil... offers a tense, fast-paced tale that balances gore... pop culture, and dark comedy."—Publishers Weekly