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Mixed Feelings: A Review of FLASH POINT by Nancy Kress

Posted by on November 24, 2012

Flash Point Flash Point
Nancy Kress
400 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: November 8th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: MEH

Reality TV meets a chillingly realistic version of America—and the fame game is on!

Amy had dreams of going to college, until the Collapse destroyed the economy and her future. Now she is desperate for any job that will help support her terminally ill grandmother and rebellious younger sister. When she finds herself in the running for a slot on a new reality TV show, she signs on the dotted line, despite her misgivings. And she’s right to have them. TLN’s Who Knows People, Baby—You? has an irresistible premise: correctly predict what the teenage cast will do in a crisis and win millions. But the network has pulled strings to make it work, using everything from 24/7 hidden cameras to life-threatening technology to flat-out rigging. Worse, every time the ratings slip, TLN ups the ante. Soon Amy is fighting for her life—on and off camera.

  A pulse-pounding read, FLASH POINT is a story that has surprises popping up on every page.

   Amy Kent’s life is terrible. Her frail old grandmother is sick and her beautiful younger sister is constantly getting in trouble. To make matters worse, she has to pay the rent in a short amount of time. Then she finds herself getting a job at TLN. It can’t be that hard, right? But then she learns the worst, Who Knows People, Baby—You? isn’t just a regular TV show, six other teens are put in difficult scenes where they must find a way to survive or save the day.

   FLASH POINT isn’t a book that I found super awesome. It was alright. The characters were kind of plain, they didn’t have anything special to them. The plot was neat but it didn’t really live up to my expectations, I thought the main characters were really fighting for their lives, but they really just needed to be smart for most of the scenes.

   The cover isn’t really thrilling, and doesn’t it look like she’s holding a gun in the big picture? And while I expected more because of the cover and synopsis, FLASH POINT was more of a ‘meh’ for me. I’ll let you guys decide whether or not to read FLASH POINT, because, believe it or not, it’s even difficult for me to say if I liked it or not.

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  1. Well, I really don't like books about this “reality” TV shows. I feel like they are all trying to copycat the Hunger Games idea. I don't know if it's only, because every time I read a book that reminds me of Twilight or The Hunger Games, I immediately dislike it. Why not choose your own ideas? I don't know.
    I might not read this one. But a lovely, honest, review, Asma!
    Your constant reader,

  2. I really hate those meh books! Because sometimes when you're trying to write a review for said books, the best word you can come up with is… meh. But you did a fantastic job writing this review Asma! I think I'll have to keep my eyes out for more reviews of this one- it definitely seems intriguing, although based off of what you said, everything was pretty lackluster. I mean, the cover and synopsis makes this book seem like it's absolutely unputdownable, yet it seems like that's not really the case.

    Fantastic review Asma! <3

  3. It vaguely reminds me of The Selection, or at least its premise does. But, I've read a whole bunch of mixed reviews. I think it sounds too intriguing to not read though.

  4. I am still excited for this book even though I've heard it isn't great. I think it's one of those books that, even if it dissapoints me, I just have to read it anyway. But I can say, what's up with the name if that TV show?? Who Knows People, Baby—You? Really? That's the best name the author could come up with? It just sounds really cheesy, but still, I want to read it. Great review :)

    Jesse @ Pretty In Fiction

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