Right from the start, I knew this book would be interesting because it talks about social networks, how it affects society, and how much of what we share should be considered too much. I believe that everyone, at one point or another, have had their share of concerns about the security of the information they share online.
Are we sharing private information that people can use against us? Is social networking still safe? Is the Internet safe? I’m sure all of us, in the back of our heads, have thought about the risks we are taking when we share our lives online. Do we really know who else can access the information we share on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (or in our blogs, for that matter)? What if someone is behind all this and is gathering all this information so that he can control the world. Scary thought, isn’t it? I admit, this book kind of left me feeling a bit paranoid.
Well, that’s what makes this book really exciting. A lot of people will find the story easy to relate to because almost everyone is into social networking these days. Glaze is just like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined, but way more complex and so cool, to a certain degree. It works through a chip planted in people’s brains. But not everyone can be on it. You have to be at least 16 years old, much to the disappointment of the novel’s main protagonist, 15-year-old Petri Quinn, who couldn’t wait to be on Glaze because she just wanted to be like everyone else.
This thought-provoking novel gives us an idea of what social networking can be like in just a few years. It makes one realize that while there are advantages of being connected to people online, there are disadvantages and risks too. The author did a great job in using this novel to serve as a reminder to us that we should always take extra precaution of whatever we share online because sometimes they can do us more harm than good. This quote from the book explains it quite well.
There seem to be hundreds of them. Watching me. I never realised how many there were, monitoring our every movement. Some cultures used to think cameras took our souls. Maybe that’s what’s happened to us. Maybe our need to document our every thought, our every emotion, has robbed us of everything. Stripped us down to nothing but pixels on a screen.
Technology-talk aside though, I think a lot of people will also relate to this book because of the characters in it. Character-wise, they’re all pretty predictable. They’re your usual high school crowd. Petri, for one, is your typical outsider, who just wants to belong and be part of the cool crowd. There’s Ryan McManus, the good-looking popular guy, who’s part of the cool crowd and whom Petri has a crush on. And of course, there’s Ethan Fisher, the mysterious rebel outcast, who hangs with the “wrong” crowd but ends up being Petri’s knight in shining armor.
Because the characters were predictable, it wasn’t so hard for me to figure out who Petri’s going to end up with in the end and who the real bad guys are. I could already predict that because Petri was so desperate to be on Glaze, she would do something terrible in order to get what she wants and that she would end up regretting it. It’s your usual case of “be careful what you wish for because you just might get it” type of situation.
However, despite the predictability of the characters, this novel was very exciting because it is fast-paced. There’s always some action or some new twist in the story happening in each chapter. I think it makes for a great movie. I also really liked the side story of the romance between Petri and Ethan. I wish there was more of it though I know it’s really not the whole point of the book.
Overall, I really liked this book. It’s an exciting read. I would love for my tween daughters to read it so that they can be warned against the potential dangers of social networking.
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