Wednesday, January 24

Review: Need

Joelle Charbonneau

Published By: HMH Books for Younger Readers
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Date Read: December 26, 2017
Genre: YA - Thriller / Mystery
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book

From Goodreads:
What do you really need?

One by one, the teens in Nottawa, Wisconsin, join the newest, hottest networking site and answer one question: What do you need? A new iPhone? Backstage passes to a concert? In exchange for a seemingly minor task, the NEED site will fulfill your request. Everyone is doing it. So why shouldn’t you?

Kaylee Dunham knows what she needs—a kidney for her sick brother. She doesn’t believe a social networking site can help, but it couldn’t hurt to try.

Or could it?

After making her request, Kaylee starts to realize the price that will have to be paid for her need to be met. The demands the site makes on users in exchange for their desires are escalating, and so is the body count. Will Kaylee be able to unravel the mystery of who created the NEED network before it destroys them all?

"No one gets something for nothing, we all should know better."

Need was a book that I had on my radar for a while as it was by an author that I've previously read and loved. I absolutely loved Joelle's dystopia Testing Trilogy and recently read her fantasy novel Dividing Eden and really loved that one too so I couldn't wait to dive in to her YA thriller Need. Now, I was pretty much certain that I wouldn't love Need as much as the others as my feelings towards thrillers are pretty touch and go. Some I enjoy and some I can barely get through.

Need tells the story of Kaylee, a girl who is desperately searching for a kidney doner for her brother. So when a new website comes up for her school called Need it looks like the hope she has been waiting for. Need gives people exactly what they want for a small price... a dare. But when the dare's turn deadly how many of the school's children will survive to get what they really 'need'.

Honestly the storyline for this book is superb. It's fast-paced and addictive and I was honestly so hooked by the storyline... however, I'm sad to say I just couldn't get away with this one. In my opinion, there is a line for how many points of view you can tell a story in before it gets confusing and ridiculous, and ten narrators is just way over that line for me. I understand that there are lots of kids that this website is affecting but I just didn't feel like we needed a point of view for so many of them. I was honestly so confused and I didn't know who was who and it stopped me enjoying this storyline. At the beginning of each chapter I had a state of 'who the heck is this' and in later chapters I was half way through the chapters before I even realised that I had heard from this character before. It was just too many.

I absolutely love Joelle's books and this definitely will not stop me reading her other stuff as I truly believe she is a fantastic author I just really couldn't get past the confusion caused by so many narrators. I really wish I'd loved this one because honestly the storyline is great and I loved the storyline but I just couldn't connect with the characters as I would usually due to there being just too many.

Unfortunately, this one wasn't for me but I highly reccomend Joelle's other novels. And if lots of points of view don't bother you then you will probably love this one too.

"Loving you is the only really good thing about me."

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