The Unidentified

The Unidentified

by Rae Mariz
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The Unidentified by Rae Mariz

Fifteen-year-old Katey (aka Kid) goes to school in the Game—a mall converted into a "school" run by corporate sponsors. As 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061802096
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 883,027
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Rae Mariz currently lives in Stockholm after working in public libraries in Seattle, dropping out of art school in Portland, and spending her formative years bouncing around the Bay Area. She's a language geek who enjoys spending her time on ambitious craft projects and playing video games. This is her first novel for teens.

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The Unidentified 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
kaylalulu More than 1 year ago
I got this book today, read it in 6 hours and loved it from intro to aknowledgements. This book moved me, I really identified myself with the Unidentified. There are a few hidden meanings here and there to add inspiration to the reader. A must read for EVERYONE!!!!!!
K1721M More than 1 year ago
I won this book in a FirstReads giveaway on Goodreads. I chose this book because the premise intrigued me. At first glance, the plot and setting seemed futuristic and sci-fi. But in today's technological environment where many educational options are available, it didn't seem so far-fetched. With the advent of DVR's and TiVo, consumers are now able to skip ads while watching their favorite TV shows so corporations and the parties they contract to market and promote their products have to come up with ingenious and innovative ways to increase exposure and sales revenue. Product placement is one option. In this novel, nationwide, corporations have taken on the responsibility of education for their own self-serving ends. In the Game, the students themselves become potential brand ambassadors. Being branded has its pros and cons. Branded students are the elite and, in addition to free merchandise, gain access to VIP privileges and social events. But they are constantly monitored and find it increasingly difficult to trust anyone. I am reminded of George Orwell's 1984 and, at the same time, there are familiar elements that readers, especially YA's. will identify with such as: . cliques and outcasts . popularity . gossip . jealousy/back-biting . cyber-bullying that will always be present. The book got off to a slow start, picked up somewhat in the middle, only to come to a rushed and inconclusive end. I practically had to force myself to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is very different. I thought at first it was going to be like Hunger Games but was not. The thought processes and dialouge is a little odd but made to seem futuristic and fitting for teh time and characters. I liked the complexity of the characters and the well thought out story line. I finished it and thought it over for quite awhile. I love a book that is not just tossed aside ,figuratively or literally, the moment you finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing and the whole "game" idea is wonderful and makes you wish there were more. Not a great ending though...
six_feet_underwater More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't bad, but it really wasn't good either, just kind of boring and the plot wasn't well developed or explained. It was at points confusing and I had a hard time relating to any of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story had a good idea but wasnt explained well enough & was too confusing to follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely best for young adults: it has a straight forward and simple plot, with a young adult vocabulary. However, what it does, it does well. It would be a good book for young advanced readers or pre-teens and early teens. It has no inappropriate content. Most important is the theme of public and private information, which is an important concept for young readers. Nothing was particularly surprising about this book, but I may recommend it to my younger sister or others in her age group as a way to have them think about the information they put on the internet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book in my middle schools library and i thought it looked interesting so i checked it out and it is great so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a nice find. I would have never found it had I not been searching through the discount nook books. This is certainly a "fun read," nothing serious, but if you are a fan of "dystopian" or "sci fi" this would be a good quick read for you. Interesting concepts throughout the book, needs a little bit more meat to it to be a real hit with a broad group of readers, but I would say give it a try :)
Regina_Linton More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this new book with such a great story line. It is another one to add to your read list if you enjoyed Matched or Possession. This is a rather intriguing situation that Kid has landed herself in. Imagine if going to school were a game and your fashion, style, friends, interests and hype all determined your scores. If you get enough attention, you could even be sponsored. Most of the teenagers would love to be branded by a sponsor, but few get the opportunity. Kid isn't one to stand out among the rest of the school's population but after something dramatic happens that she believes is the work of an outsider. Her investigation along with her best friend Mikey uncovers more than she bargained for and could potentially be a hazard to her health. It is not until she meets the leader of the Unidentified does she start to get some answers and confusion along the way. She is being watched closely by the sponsors and a lot is at stake. YA Dystopian Recommended
Alyson Mullee More than 1 year ago
had a good message for any age, but too few pages to develop a story with such dramatic influencial potential.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book sooooo much!! It's sooooo good! haha
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Not the worst book I've ever read, but it could've been a lot better.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book. It was really good its number8 in my top 10 favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i could i would give it a zero. Soooooooooo bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its not that bad. One more thing, DONT COMIT YOUR DEATH!!!
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literary_dragon More than 1 year ago
I loved the author's ideas and execution. The idea of this not-so-distant future schooling and corporeality of youth is a fascinating vision. Kudos!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book throughout? but a few of the character ? for ex the mom? were a little flat. I did like it? but the ending left me a little disappointed.