Title: Take Me With You
Author: Tara Altebrando
Genre: Young Adult (Mystery/Thriller)
Eden, Eli, Marwan, and Ilanka barely know each other beyond having a class or two together. But when they are all summoned via messaging app to an empty classroom after school, they find a small cube sitting on a desk. Its sides light up with rules for them:
‘Do not tell anyone about the device. Never leave the device unattended.’
And then, ‘Take me with you… or else.’
At first they think it’s some kind of prank or a social experiment orchestrated by the school administration. Still, they follow its instructions until the newly-formed group starts to splinter. Nobody has time for these games – their lives are complicated enough. But the device seems increasingly invested in the private details of their lives. And disobeying its rules has scary – even life-threatening–consequences…
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2020
Format: Digital Advanced Readers Copy provided through NetGalley
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Overall this was a good book but it was rather disappointing. I really enjoyed the characters and loved seeing how they interacted with one another. The concept of this book was also really interesting for me. I find books/movies/tv shows that deal with artificial intelligence really interesting and unsettling. This book was a great exploration of how technology affects our everyday lives and how it can also control our lives. Often people lead different lives than what they post and portray on social media and Altebrando did a great job exploring that through her characters.
However, the plot moved along slower than I would have expected for a thriller and the ending was also lackluster. While the book did keep me guessing about what would happen next the twists where underwhleming and the ending wasn’t suprising or shocking.
I think this book was great in concept but unfortunately for me it fell rather flat.
I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy books about AI and who enjoy multiple character perspectives.