Thursday, December 3, 2015

Need, by Joelle Charbonneau

What Do You NEED?

No, really...

What Do You NEED?

A new social networking site (called Need), aimed specifically at the students of a Wisconsin high school, promises to fulfill the deepest, most desperate desires of its members. Their "Needs". No matter how unusual, the site promises to make that Need a reality. Need a new iPhone? No problem. Need a new wardrobe? Granted. Need a new kidney for your dying brother? As you wish. All members must do to recieve their needs is complete a seemingly minor task in return. Once that task has been completed (and it could be something as trivial as inviting others to join the site), the need is fulfilled. Sounds too good to be true, right? 

It is.

The tasks members are asked to do in exchange for their needs may seem trivial, but they have dire consequences. In some cases, deadly consequences. 

But who is behind Need?

And why?

Author Joelle Charbonneau's latest novel, Need, is suspenseful from the first page. Although the premise distinctly recalled that of Stephen King's Needful Things (published 1991) as updated for a more modern world, this book will nevertheless thrill its intended audience and have them questioning whether the things they think they "Need" would really be worth the price. --AJB

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