In The Unidentified by R. Mariz, Fifteen-year-old Katey (aka Kid) goes to school in the Game—a mall converted into a “school” run by corporate sponsors. As the students play their way through the levels, they are also creating products and being used for market research by the sponsors, who are watching them 24/7 on video cameras.
Kid has a vague sense of unease but doesn’t question this existence until one day she witnesses a shocking anticorporate prank. She follows the clues to uncover the identities of the people behind it and discovers an anonymous group that calls itself the Unidentified. Intrigued by their counterculture ideas and enigmatic leader, Kid is drawn into the group. But when the Unidentified’s pranks and even Kid’s own identity are co-opted by the sponsors, Kid decides to do something bigger—something that could change the Game forever. This funny, sharp, and thought-provoking novel heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in teen fiction.
In the beginning of the book, I was a little unsure of what the game was but as I read on I understood the game. I really liked the book because it was different and unique. I liked the main character Kid and all of the trouble she gets into while playing the game and she almost gets a Game Over. There were a lot of fancy gadgets that they used to interact with each other as well as the typical high school drama with a futuristic twist. The book gives us a glimpse into the future and how technology can run our lives if we let it.
I Received the book from Book It Forward ARC Tours for review.