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Publisher Description

Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
   Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
   In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.

This ebook includes a sample chapter of MIDDLE GROUND.

Young Adult
May 23
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Grades 7 and Above

Customer Reviews

AlexisCheng ,

BEST BOOK EVER!! Couldn't put it down

NEEDS TO BE MADE INTO A MOVIE ASAP. Hopefully the next two books will be great like this one!!! Going to be reading them next :)

Theninjalove101 ,


Can I say perfect?

boysinabooth ,

Entertaining, but distracting in world-building

I thought this was a well put-together book. It was an enjoyable read that had its high points where the tension gathered nicely and naturally. However, in terms of the world-building the author did, it became a bit distracting and almost insulting to the reader. When I read science fiction and fantasy (and write it) I like to think that trusting the reader into knowing and understanding the concepts you throw at them is necessary. There was certain terminology I could understand simply from the context. I believe that if the author would have omitted the over explanation that I would have been pulled into the world a lot more. Considering the point of view, it is a bit unbelievable that Maddie would be idling over how the technology around her actually works. If it wild have been third person POV, then maybe I could have allowed for the leniency.

In terms of plot, it kept me interested. In very few places did I feel it was a bit slow. The tension carried through from beginning to end. As it stands, I am motivated to read the second book in the series and most likely will read the final book that comes out later. The characters are complex and believable and I want to see where their motivations and desires take them.

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