BW • 5.75 x 8.5 • 416 pages
Grades: 9 to 12 / Ages: 14 to 18

Hardcover Jacket
978-1-5253-0060-8 | Sep 3, 2019
List Price:
USD $17.99, CAD $18.99

The Hive

Cassie McKinney has always believed in the Hive.

Social media used to be out of control, after all. People were torn apart by trolls and doxxers. Even hackers — like Cassie’'s dad — were powerless against it.

But then the Hive came. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many “condemns,” and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. It’s safer, fairer and perfectly legal.

Entering her senior year of high school, filled with grief over an unexpected loss, Cassie is primed to lash out. Egged on by new friends, she makes an edgy joke online. Cassie doubts anyone will notice.

But the Hive notices everything. And as her viral comment whips an entire country into a frenzy, the Hive demands retribution.

One moment Cassie is anonymous; the next, she’s infamous. And running for her life.

With nowhere to turn, she must learn to rely on herself — and a group of Hive outcasts who may not be reliable — as she slowly uncovers the truth about the machine behind the Hive.

New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden have teamed up for the first time to create a novel that’s gripping, terrifying and more relevant every day.


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Reviews & Awards


“Everybody told you to quit social media, and you didn't listen. The Hive is your last warning. Thrilling, chilling, nightmare-fulfilling, The Hive is a wild, spooky ride into a terrifying future that looks a lot like tomorrow.”
— Paul Griffin, author of Adrift, January 2019

“Mob justice rules the internet in this thrilling debut from Lyga and Baden. You'll never look at your phone the same way again.”
— Allen Zadoff, author of The Unknown Assassin series, February 2019

“A brilliant doomsday warning about the perils of social media, justice, and mob thought, The Hive is also the complex story of a young girl coming of age. This is a novel about ideas, love, grief, and what hold the tricky narratives of history have on the violence of the present.”
— Walter Mosley, award-winning crime novelist, April 2019

“… destined for a screen adaptation.”
Kirkus Reviews, June 2019

“The husband-and-wife writing team capture the horrors of mob mentality in this gripping, tense, action-packed thriller that will appeal to fans of Marie Lu's Warcross (2017) or Gregory Scott Katsoulis' All Rights Reserved (2017).”
Booklist, June 2019

“A gripping immersion in social media gone wrong.”
School Library Journal, July 2019

“Offering heart-pounding action while asking difficult questions, this novel is perfect for fans of thought-provoking cyberthrillers.”
Publishers Weekly, July 2019

“This fast-paced and sometimes highly technical novel will appeal to readers aged 14 and up who love a dystopian chase.”
The Calgary Herald, October 2019

“… The Hive is well-worth reading.”
CM Magazine, November 2019

“An eye-opening story about online comments and the consequences they may have in real life.”
ABQLA, December 2019


2019 People Magazine's Best Books of Fall 2019, Winner
2020 Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List, LITA Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children's and Young Adult Science Fiction, Winner

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science fiction
social media
social network
person of color
peer pressure
strong female character
YA thriller
thriller books for teens
teen boy books
teen books for girls