Author(s): Rae Mariz
Fifteen-year-old Katey, aka Kid, goes to school in the Game, a 'school' run by corporate sponsors. Social networking is as natural as breathing, your online profile is everything, and striving to get ahead in the popularity stakes involves a careful navigation that could go wrong at any turn. The corporations watch the students to spot the next trend and the kids vie with each other to be noticed and sponsored by the corporations. Being 'branded' means celebrity status, not to mention financial freedom. But what kind of freedom is it when you're always being watched? And how important is it to be the coolest and most popular kid when your identity is owned by a corporation? When Kid witnesses a mock suicide staged by an anonymous group calling itself the Unidentified she begins to ask herself those questions. The Unidentified is a book about identity, freedom and integrity, a book that will lead readers to discuss the power of marketing and the media, our desire to fit in and be popular, and the importance of making a stand for what you believe in.
''As its characters might say, 'Google, what a book!' The Unidentified does what only good speculative fiction can: it uses the language of the future to show us a twisted reflection of our own lives.' Ned Vizzini, bestselling author of It's Kind of a Funny Story 'Subversive, cleverly written, challenging, and surprising.' Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of Little Brother 'Mariz successfully creates a frighteningly real, sadly jaded world where teens' material affections are bought and sold on an open market thinly disguised as education.' Kirkus (US) 'A futuristic, underground, anticorporate mystery/call to action with a dash of romantic interest.' Booklist
Rae Mariz currently lives in Stockholm after working in public libraries in Seattle and dropping out of art school in Portland. She's a language geek who enjoys spending her time on ambitious craft projects and playing video games. This is her first novel for young adults.