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Review: The Hive

The Hive The Hive by Barry Lyga
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Barry Lyga captivated me with the I Hunt Killers trilogy. As a self-professed technology aficionado and frequent social media user, I was instantly hooked with the description of the book.

The book is an eerie look at a not-too-distant future. As one line in the book so eloquently puts it, The Hive Alerts use digital means to summon analog mobs to attack and punish those who have been Condemned for their actions online.

The plot is definitely fast-paced and the book is hard to put down. There is more gore and violence than I was expecting, but I am used to it from Lyga. There are also a ton of allusions to our current political climate, which may rub people the wrong way, but I didn't personally mind.

I do think the book was a bit lacking in the characterization of many key characters and the ending was somewhat of a letdown. There was a strong potential for a larger, key plot to evolve but it really went nowhere.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and decided to give it a rounded up 3.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.

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