#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil


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...

Details #Murdertrending

Release DateAug 7th, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

Reviews #Murdertrending

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I'm between a 3-3.5 star rating here. We've seen oodles of YA novels published with themes of youth battling each other to the death, which is why I'm amazed at how unique and engaging Gretchen McNeil was able to make #MurderTrending feel. In a sea of similarly plotted novels, does it stand out above the rest? Not necessarily, but it was still a really fun read that I would highly recommend to those YA lovers who need something to bust their read...
  • Helen Power
    This book was amazing! There were so many twists and turns in the plot that I was riveted the whole way through. I'm obsessed with things prison-related, San Francisco-related, and twisted reality TV show concepts, so this book was just my cup of tea! I couldn't put it down (both because I was participating in a reading marathon and because it was just so good!). Full review to come soon.Thanks to NetGalley and Freeform for giving me a digital AR...
  • Dennis
    3.5 stars In a world where The Purge and The Hunger Games collide— #MURDERTRENDING shows us a society crippled by reality television and instant social media validation. Seriously folks, this book is a lot of fun and all too real for me. Dee Guerrera is wrongfully convicted for the murder of her step-sister Monica and sent to Alcatraz 2.0 for punishment. Alcatraz 2.0 is a man-made prison island off the coast of San Francisco where the worst c...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera comes to in a warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of The Postman app, which allows citizens to stream the executions of convicts from Alcatraz 2.0, a suburbanized prison island. It's one thing knowing that the worst of the worst are facing justice at the hands of legalized serial killers, but Dee isn't going to pay the ult...
  • Stacee
    Oh man, I loved this book, but I knew I would. Gretchen’s words are always a favorite and she writes murdery goodness like no one else. I loved Dee. She’s smart and somehow levelheaded and much more of a bad ass than I would have been. The Death Row Breakfast Club is just as awesome. I loved Ethan’s movie quotes and Gris’s sarcasm, and Nyles had me at being British.Plot wise it’s quite unique, yet also a bit of a commentary on current e...
  • Jessica *The Lovely Books*
    HOLY HELL! This was f’n amazing. The Hunger Games meets The Purge meets The Breakfast Club. Yesssss! I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I first picked up this book. (Thank you Cassie for sending me the galley!) the book hooked me from the very first page. In the very near future, crime is handled much differently than it’s handled now. For one, you get sent to a prison island known as Alcatraz 2.0. Two, you’ve pretty much dead as ...
  • Mandy
    **Thanks so much to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC via Netgalley! It did not change my opinion of the book at all!**WARNING: THERE IS QUITE A BIT OF GORE IN THIS NOVEL. Like, it's actually YA horror and not the fake kind?? So, it brings the gore and the gory descriptions. There is, um, also a lot of murder. If you didn't catch that already.I think I have to be one of the most contradictory person when it comes to horror things. I refuse to...
  • Nicole (FearYourEx)
    I received an e-galley from the publisher via Netgalley. The views expressed in my review are my own.#MurderTrending is absolutely full of potential. The concept is absolutely amazing. Everything just needs a bit of fine tuning. The logistics of Alcatraz 2.0 were a bit unbelievable for me and I think that brought down the rating of this book the most for me.This book starts out right away full of action and it stays like that pretty much the whol...
  • Amber
    It was good, but felt like all the action was packed in the end. Would have liked more build-up.
  • Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog
    This book is highly addicting!! You have been warned! This book was so unique. I have never read a story quite like this. I have to be honest and say I was hesitant but I’m so glad I didn’t let that deter me. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. From the characters to the unique setting I was hooked. I loved all the characters even the ones you love to hate. I have to say that I was thrown off guard about who the Postman was a...
  • Hannah (Vamp of Savannah)
    I really wanted to like this. I really did. The premise was amazing. The reviews are through the roof.I reaaaaally didn't like it. The concepts were there, but it lacked depth. I wanted more development from Dee. She went from quivering mess to a Ripley-esque badass with no real character journey.This feels like a decent debut, but the author hasn't arrived. Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
  • Resch Reads
    *Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*I don't even know how to start this review...because this book was so good it left me speechless. A stunning mix of suspense, mystery, and horror artfully blended with friendship and romance had me captivated from the moment Dee woke up in Prince Slycer's maze. I was hooked by the hype and the app and while a work of fiction, it was a nice blast of just how much of a wrong turn things can take ...
  • ElphaReads
    Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book!I am a huge sucker for the movie THE RUNNING MAN starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, as I love the over the top craziness, the flamboyant characters, and the idea that a reality TV show would showcase criminals being hunted down and killed by costumed goons all for the sake of entertainment. So when I heard about the book #MURDERTRENDING by Gretchen McNeil I was immediately on board with i...
  • Kathy Martin
    Dee Guerrera is the main character of this story. She was accused of killing her stepsister, quickly convicted on flimsy evidence, and then sent to Alcatraz 2.0 where she will be hunted by serial killers while being constantly available on the App that covers Alcatraz 2.0. In this near-future science fiction story, a man known as The Postmaster runs this part of the criminal justice system. Fans stream and comment on the gruesome deaths and form ...
  • Jessica
    Thanks to Freeform Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. When I saw the cover for this one, my attention was immediately caught. I then read the synopsis and had to dive in! #MURDERTRENDING is a very a unique read with some memorable characters. Dee wakes up in a warehouse and knows the worst is about to happen. Millions of people are tuning in to watch her die. She has been convicted for a gruesome crime that she di...
  • Kristin
    When Dee wakes up on the floor of a warehouse after being found guilty of her step-sisters death, she knows exactly where she is. While her sister may have been obsessed with watching the live feed from Alcatraz 2.0, Dee wanted no part of it all. Funny that she has found herself in that very place. With all eyes and cameras on her, she does everything she can to stay alive. Dressed as a Disney princess, with #CinderellaSurvivor trending after her...
  • Lisa Mandina
    This was an awesome book! It totally feeds into how social media works today, as well as having a great mystery to be solved that keeps you guessing until the very end! I totally agree with the synopsis about how it is similar to The Hunger Games, because I definitely got that feeling as I was reading about how the executions/murders were televised. So much of this story had all of McNeil's perfect humor while fitting into what would make itself ...
  • Jennie
    HOLY SHITBALLS. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!I usually don't post spoilers on my reviews because, well, i hate spoilers. BUT OMG. DEATH BY POTTERY WHEEL? MOLLY THE MAULER? Just some of the gruesomely AWESOME THINGS you will find in #Murdertrending.This is a fantastic murder mystery (heavy on the murder), set in the near future where anyone who has been sent to Alcatraz 2.0 is fair game to the serial killers there. They mete out justice in any way they se...
  • Sharon
    3.5 stars, 9th&upGruesome, action-packed, adrenaline-laden entertainment? Yes, please!A teen finds herself falsely accused of murder & quickly sent to prison on an island that is the feature of an app where subscribers can watch the violent anything-goes antics of the criminal inhabitants of Alcatraz 2.0.The final battles were almost farcical and the lengthy finale kind of jumped the shark, but still this creative thriller was entertaining as hec...
  • Maureen
    This is a very dark book, very well written about young people who have committed murders and are sentenced to death at a new and improved Alcatraz. The teens fight for their lives and try to outwit their executioners. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to be an early reader in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  • Jordan (pagetravels)
    This book was not AT ALL what I was expecting but overall an enjoyable read? I'm honestly surprised I didn't get nightmares while reading it but it did have a lighter and more fun side to it. Now to figure out whether a sequel is forthcoming or if that was truly the end...
  • Caitlin Bauer
    Zomg! This book is spectacular. It's creepy and funny as hell. Full review to come later. But this is officially my favorite Gretchen McNeil book now. LOVED it!!!
  • Susie
    Yeah, I finished it and I found it interesting, but I don't think it was particularly well-written or plotted. I do, however, believe that my students will read the hell out of this title! I am soooooo gonna purchase it and I feel certain it won't be on the shelf much.
  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    I received this ARC from the author in a contest I won awhile back, my review is completely honest and voluntary. I was in no way compensated for this review.I was soooo excited for Gretchen McNeil's #murdertrending! I have always loved her thrillers! They're creepy, eerie, and suspenseful! #murdertrending is no different! It's a book that kept me on the edge of my seat eagerly turning the pages one after another dying to know what was going to h...
  • Jessica
    this was actually super twisted and dark. pretty sure I picked it up from the Disney table at comic con was not expecting what I just read. I wish the ending was different because it was such a good book.