#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, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Science Fiction, Dystopia, 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...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    1 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/08/12/...I hate giving out 1-stars, and if you’ve followed me for a while, you may have already noticed you don’t see that rating here very often. That’s because even if I didn’t like a book overall, there’s usually still something I enjoyed about it. With #MurderTrending though, I think I’d be hard-pressed to find anything too positive to say about this hot mess. It sim...
  • Laura
    Bad enough she’d lost her sister, then been wrongly convicted of the murder; now she was going to be humiliated, forced to prance around the island in these stupid clothes while millions of people gawked and laughed and placed bets on how many days she’d survive until her blood was spilled in the name of entertainment. This is one of those books that is just pure fun. The concept is neat mixing murder with reality tv in a near-future where de...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Leave it to McNeil to deliver something as exciting as it is frightening. With her unique take on murder mysteries and exploring the unknown and most of the time, horrifying, I can always count on her for an action packed and somewhat bizarre read.Set in a very much realistic time and place, #murdertrending was something that you could see happening today in a world full of social media and reality TV, which is also what made this such an interes...
  • 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...
  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the brooding reader)
    "It was dangerous to appeal to the most vulgar instincts of humanity, to normalize something as horrific as state-sponsored serial killers. But that's what you got when a former reality star was elected president."Rating: 3/5 starsSYNOPSIS: A wrongly accused teenage girl founds herself in Alcatraz 2.0, in which the worst murderers await for their ultimate death by state-sponsored serial killers on tv for everyone to see. Dee finds herself fightin...
  • may ☆彡
    Wow. It’s not so much that I’m confused, it’s just a lot to take in. Okay, so here we go.#murdertrending is an amazing book. I absolutely loved it!! So many plot twists that I never realized were coming (and I’m normally really good at figuring out the mystery before the main character does)! I feel like the end of this book hit me all at once and I was just sitting dumbfounded for over 2 days, trying to comprehend what had just happened....
  • 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 ...
  • andrea caro
    I want to start this review by saying this: this book is probably not, realistically, a five-star read. But honestly? I had the best time reading it and anything critical I could say about it, for me, gets completely overshadowed by how much fun I had during this reading experience.Meet Dee Guerrera, a 17-year old girl plucked out of society after an ultra-speedy trial declared her her step-sister's murderer and thrown onto Alcatraz 2.0, an islan...
  • Bookteafull (Danny)
    Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsHow to summarize this book in one sentence: The Purge meets Deadman Wonderland meets Saw meets the The Breakfast Club. Despite reading and watching similar storylines in various forms on media (i.e. Btooom, Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, and all the ones previously mentioned), McNeil still manages to engage the reader with this gruesomely fun read. The fact that I had such a hard time putting this novel down is why it'...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    #murdertrending was a bit good. I expected more from the novel and I didn't get it.
  • The Nerd Daily
    Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Elizabeth Smith#MurderTrending is set in the very near future where reality television has been taken to a whole new level. The Postman is an anonymous television mogul who developed the idea for Alcatraz 2.0, an island in the San Francisco Bay, and the Postman App. People convicted of the most heinous crimes are sent to the prison island, Alcatraz 2.0 and then hunted down by government sanctioned s...
  • Taschima
    "Well, she knew one thing for sure: one of The Postman's psychos was about to shed her blood. Who would it be?Would she end up as the main ingredient in one of Hannah Ball's cannibalistic casseroles? Or starting in a Cecil B. DeViolent splatterporn re-creation of Gone with the Wind? Was Gucci Handman at that very moment constructing a designer noose for her neck, expertly crafted to match her complexion and outfit and the latest trends from New Y...
  • Diabolica
    The book was just as and even better than I thought it would be. Just like the summary reads, Dee has been framed for murder, landing her a spot at Alcatraz 2.0. And that's all the background you need, otherwise you might as well skip the first 30 pages. The introduction reminded me so much of the Furnace just given how similar they start, but from there the books differ like cats and dogs. Mostly because #MurderTrending has more ties to capitali...
  • 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...
  • The Library Ladies
    (originally reviewed at thelibraryladies.com )Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book!One of my cinematic weaknesses is Arnold Schwarzenegger movies from the 1980s. The best way to give me a great day is a glass of champagne and a marathon of movies like “The Terminator”, “Predator”, and “Commando” (and maybe toss in “Kindergarten Cop” just to lighten things up a bit). But if I had to pick the one t...
  • 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...
  • Kelly Brigid
    “I have diplomatic immunity?” … “BAM!” Ethan pretended to fire the gun. “It’s just been revoked … I’ve been waiting months for someone to try and kill you so I could use that line.” I can’t quite comprehend what I read. I like the general premise of this book, but the scenarios and explanations for how everything occurs is absolutely absurd. Typically, I don’t have many issues with stories that have far-fetched worlds (th...
  • Amber
    #murdertrending was shocking but believable.Plot: Gretchen McNeil snapped with this one. In a not so distant future, the United States elected its first reality-star president who sold the Department of Justice off to an entertainment company. Thus was the end of due process and the beginning of Big Brother-style murders. As a fan of McNeil's other thrillers, I was instantly drawn to the author's take on reality TV/The Breakfast Club/social media...
  • 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.
  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I don't know if this is something related to psychology, but #Murdertrending is both creepy and engrossing at the same time. I found myself reading this quicker than I normally would have (if we're not counting the days I procrastinated), and while I should have turned away from this book in horror instant...
  • 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...
  • Kristina Lenarczyk
    I received an e-arc copy of this novel to review from NetGalley, but that does not influence my opinion. Oh man, did I hate this book. So many times I was tempted to give up and call it a day, but I am not a quitter when it comes to reviewing books. The synopsis of this novel caught my attention immediately when it was announced, and I was so excited to have been approved for the arc, but now I regret having wasted my time. The idea of changing t...
  • Charity
    I was totally horrified and fascinated with this book at the same time. Let me just be totally up frank right here, this is definitely not a cheesy read. This is a book filled with gruesome killing scene, creepy moments, and anticipations for what is going to happen next. It is kind of like The Hunger Games, but instead of having kids going off against each other, they have a team of perfectional "executors" killing off people that are sent to th...