Review | The Chain by Adrian McKinty

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

“George Orwell was wrong, she thinks. In the future, it won’t be the state that keeps tabs on everyone by extensive use of surveillance; it will be the people. They’ll do the state’s work for it by constantly uploading their locations, interests, food preferences, restaurant choices, political ideas, and hobbies to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites. We are our own secret police.” 4/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: prepaid phones, princess tents, plushies, heroin, guns, breast cancer, new girlfriends, secret notes and very clear instructions.

This was pretty good, I’m impressed!
So if you don’t know what this book is about, it’s about an unbreakable chain of child kidnappings. So when a child is kidnapped, his/her parents are contacted through a prepaid phone and they are given a series of instructions from ‘The Chain’ that they need to accomplish if they want their child to live. After doing the ‘easy’ part, the last step comes: they need to kidnap someone else’s child. This means that the ones who kidnapped the first child are other parents that have their own kid kidnapped by another family. It’s a chain, a never ending cycle where parents are involved in kidnapping another kid to keep theirs alive.
I have to say that the concept was really good and interesting, and probably the main reason why I picked this book up – okay, okay, and the cover too. What shocked me was the fact that this story is actually based on true events. According to the author in the acknowledgements section of the book, the story was inspired by a kidnap chain that happened in Mexico where other family members could give their spot to rescue the family member kidnapped. Not only that, but the concept of threatening chain messages was also applied in this book.
One of the things I really liked about the book was that the story started immediately. You are given no context or backstory, the book starts with the kidnapping of the main character’s daughter. And from there – like I was expecting – it was difficult to put the book down.
All the characters were good and some of them had very interesting backgrounds. The main character Rachel is such a strong female lead! Even though she is suffering with breast cancer, she puts the pain and the appointments aside to do everything she is told to rescue her daughter. I also liked to see how Rachel and her ex husband were so close to each other and were actual friends – maybe I haven’t read enough, but I think this is a rare thing to happen!
Another thing I also appreciate is that the story has an actual conclusion. I thought this would be a book where the ending would be very ambiguous, but it was not the case. So if you don’t like stories without conclusions, you don’t have to worry about this book!
Overall, this was pretty interesting. The story is creative and well told. A very solid four star rating from me!

xoxo, Neide

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