I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Takedown by Corrie Wang
Published by Freeform on April 11th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
Source: Edelweiss eArc
Kyla Cheng doesn't expect you to like her. For the record, she doesn't need you to. On track to be valedictorian, she's president of her community club, a debate team champ, plus the yummy Mackenzie Rodriguez has firmly attached himself to her hip. She and her three high-powered best friends don't just own their senior year at their exclusive Park Slope, Brooklyn high school, they practically define the hated species Popular. Kyla's even managed to make it through high school completely unscathed.
Until someone takes issue with this arrangement.
A week before college applications are due, a video of Kyla "doing it" with her crush-worthy English teacher is uploaded to her school's website. It instantly goes viral, but here's the thing: it's not Kyla in the video. With time running out, Kyla delves into a world of hackers, haters and creepy stalkers in an attempt to do the impossible-take something off the internet-all while dealing with the fallout from her own karmic footprint. Set in near-future Brooklyn, where privacy is a bygone luxury and every perfect profile masks damning secrets, The Takedown is a stylish, propulsive, and provocative whodunit, asking who would you rely on if your tech turned against you?
The Takedown is a super fast read. I was so into uncovering who was behind Kyla’s take down that I hated that real life got in the way of my reading. I liked that Kyla was flawed in realistic ways. I liked that all the characters were complicated, and that friendships and relationships were portrayed for the crazy mess they can be. I liked that while it was set in the near-ish future and full of technology, it wasn’t unrecognizable.
Here’s what kept it from being a 5 star- Kyla’s constant use of Slut or Skank. I get that it’s kind of part of her journey, but I wish the ending had included some hint that she was done with the hypocrisy of slut-shaming. Also, I’d like to think that slut-shaming will not be part of the future… but who am I trying to kid?
My final verdict is that this is such a readable YA mystery. Complex characters and sophisticated acts of revenge. Loved the futuristic NYC setting, loved the diverse and interesting characters, loved how much I flip flopped over whodunit, and loved the drama and mystery!
Stop the Clock:
Mean Girls meets Minority Report- The Takedown is unputdownable! I blazed through the book because I couldn’t stop until I knew who was behind Kyla’s take down. Wang’s take on the not too distant future seems all too possible, and she’ll keep you guessing whoduneit with her complex characters and their multiple motives. Kyla is refreshingly flawed and fierce. Full of tangled relationships, helpful frenemies, hackers, hecklers and haters, the pages will practically flip themselves in this thriller!
The Takedown gets a Midnight Book rating of: