Monday, August 20, 2018

#MurderTrending | Review

34521785Title: #MURDERTRENDING
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Freeform
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Source: Netgalley

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 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 eighteen-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?

 **Thank you so much to Freeform for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

In the past, I've read and loved some of McNeil's other novels, like 3:59. That's why I had such high hopes for #murdertrending, plus it has a sort of science fiction/dystopian feel to it, which made me even more excited. 

what i liked
  • The concept. I loved the idea of there being an island where felons are sent to, yet they live a sort of normal life while there. They have jobs, they have a nice house, they get to hang out with friends. Yet, everything is broadcast through an app called The Postman where the entire world can watch and see who is going to be murdered next. It's sickening yet so intriguing. 
  • The cast of characters. I learned to love Dee and everyone she met, which kept me so interested and helped to keep my attention throughout the entire novel. I really couldn't put it down. Even the executioners were interesting, like Prince Slycer.
  • It was creepy! It was sort of a cross between a thriller and a dystopian, so there were definitely some parts that were creepier than I thought they would've been. I've also never been able to thoroughly enjoy thrillers that have a slight mystery to them, like #murdertrending does. Yet, I couldn't see the plot twist coming in this one which I definitely loved! It was a nice surprise for me. 
  • THE ENDING. I obviously don't want to go into it, but you'll be surprised!!
  • This would so easily make a great movie. I picture it like The Purge, but on a whole new level. 
what i disliked
  • It's not part of a series but I wish it was! I want to know what else is going to happen in this world that McNeil created!


  1. I've been eyeing this one, it definitely sounds intriguing! I haven't read the author other books, so if I liked this one I will check them out :) Great review!

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

  2. Have some good news for you... the sequel #MurderFunding comes out next August.


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