Flash Point

Flash Point

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Amy had dreams of going to college, until the Collapse destroyed the economy and her future. Now she is desperate for any job that will help support her terminally ill grandmother and rebellious younger sister. When she finds herself in the running for a slot on a new reality TV show, she signs on the dotted line, despite her misgivings. And she's right to have them. TLN's "Who Knows People, Baby--You?" has an irresistible premise: correctly predict what the teenage cast will do in a crisis and win millions. But the network has pulled strings to make it work, using everything from 24/7 hidden cameras to life-threatening technology to flat-out rigging. Worse, every time the ratings slip, TLN ups the ante. Soon Amy is fighting for her life--on and off camera.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, c2012
ISBN: 9780670012473
0670012475
Branch Call Number: / FICTION KRESS NANCY
Characteristics: 501 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Flash point

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forestofmagic
Nov 18, 2017

This book...where to begin. I would have stopped reading a quarter of the way in, but I was curious and had nothing better to do, so I powered through all 500 digital pages over the span of two days. What started out as an interesting concept that was grimly relatable in today's political climate spiraled downward over the course of the book and plummeted into what I found, by the end, laughable. I did not find the characters likeable - the protagonist, Amy, suffered from a distinct sense of Mary Sue-ness, down to an unexplained special ability that allows her to see through illusions, that I'd hoped she'd shake off if I just read a little farther, but she never did. I also got the distinct sense that the author forgot how old her characters were, as at one point a 14 year old rips off all her clothes in front of a giant crowd of protesters to get their attention and nothing but positive things are said about this. Overall, it seemed to be a failed attempt at following in the footsteps of The Hunger Games and Maze Runner. Stick with those.

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dprodrig
Jul 29, 2013

Grim, but maybe true. Maybe we are already living in a version of this distopia where the only way to get ahead, out of the hole and into the light is to sacrifice dignity for full exposure in these convoluted reality games. Worth reading.

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