THE UNIDENTIFIED

YA sci-fi about social media surveillance, corporate exploitation, and co-opted rebellion

US edition: Balzer&Bray/HarperCollins (2010), Australian: Text Publishing, Korean: OUR VALUE CORPORATION & Spanish: Ediciones SM

Steph @ Steph su reads
“The Unidentified is smart, well-written, and suspenseful, the perfect example of what dystopian literature should be: a fully realized and recognizable world without forgoing characterization and plot.”
Cory Doctorow @ boing boing
Subversive, cleverly written, challenging, and surprising...
BECKY @ BOOKWORM BOULEVARD
“I love that The Unidentified challenges us to think. To think about popularity, and fashion, and corporate America, and what it means to have an identity. The ideas that this book tackles are so big and so real that it’s impossible to read it without fully engaging your brain – and that’s a good thing.”
Kristin halbrook @ ya highway
“I was drawn in by the tension, by Kid’s voice, by a sweet and slowly-revealed romance and, especially, by the twist at the end.”
LUCY @ THE READING DATE
The Unidentified “is a smart dystopian book with punchy dialogue written with original slang that is a relevant commentary on privacy and consumer issues faced today. With so many vacancies in shopping malls and budget cuts plaguing schools today it makes me wonder if this type of society could occur.”
NELY @ ALL ABOUT { n }
This book is the extreme of what would happen if we let consumerism and materialism rule our lives. It also makes you think back on how much we rely on social networks, the internet, computers and even our phones. I love how Ms. Mariz expertly blended typical YA topics (BFF's, cute boys, and even self-discovery) with technology and dystopian elements.
JULIA @ JULIA FM
“The questions that this book raised lingered with me long after I put it down, as did the characters and the world it was set in."
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