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.
"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, author of IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY
"Debut author 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 Reviews
"Kid takes readers through myriad emotions on her whirlwind tour as a "name" in the game, and readers will be fixated until the very end. "--School Library Journal
"Mariz carefully presents Kid, baffled by the spotlight and longing for days when she could just coast, as not quite being what either group wants, placing her plausibly in a confused middle ground as she, like most teens, struggles to balance individuality and capitalism. "--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Subversive, cleverly written, challenging, and surprising."--Cory Doctorow, bestselling author of LITTLE BROTHER
"This is a futuristic, underground, anticorporate mystery/call to action with a dash of romantic interest that will find a niche with readers of other outsider fiction and those who enjoy imagining the way we will interact in the not-so-distant future."--Booklist
"This story of conformity, rebellion, and seeking one's identity is evocative of Scott Westerfeld and Cory Doctorow, injecting a dystopian setting with an optimistic, antiestablishment undercurrent. "--Publishers Weekly
Gr 7 Up-In Kid's near-future America, high school has been replaced by the Game where students compete to be the coolest in repurposed malls, hoping to become branded by corporate sponsorship. Kid never expected to be branded, but when she is, she becomes intrigued by the Unidentified, an anti-corporate faction of teens. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.