Fantasy · fiction · science fiction · young adult

The Unidentified by Rae Mariz

The Unidentified

Author: Rae Mariz

Pages [hardcover]: 336

Memorable Quote: “I was like the runner-up to Miss Mediocrity and my prize was awkward silence.”

Favorite Characters: Michael & Tesla


Kid knows her school’s corporate sponsors not-so-secretly monitor her friendships and activities for market research. It’s all a part of the Game; the alternative education system designed to use the addictive kick from video games to encourage academic learning. Everyday, a captive audience of students ages 13-17 enter the nationwide chain store-like Game locations to play.

When a group calling themselves The Unidentified simulates a suicide to protest the power structure of their school, Kid’s investigation into their pranks attracts unwanted attention from the sponsors. As Kid finds out she doesn’t have rights to her ideas, her privacy, or identity, she and her friends look for a way to revolt in a place where all acts of rebellion are just spun into the next new ad campaign.


 I picked this up from the library on a whim, and ended up enjoying it. I’m always up for a book set in the not-ideal future. In this one, consumerism has taken over everything, even the educational system. How far you go in life depends on how much your ‘sponsors’-namely, brands you work to advertise, like you.

It was a cool idea. I loved the characters, the intricacies of their world, and how everything was easily explained with no confusion and no pages filled with back story. You learned as you went along.

The plot dragged a bit toward the end, but the finish made up for it. I thought it was excellent, and wrapped everything up in just the right way.

The book was fast-paced and exciting-I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. I give The Unidentified 4/5 stars.

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