Averee lives in a world that relies on the Ranked social media app for all aspects of life, from who you can befriend, where you go to school, where you can live, and where you can work. One day Averee and her mother discover that their rank has dropped drastically; her mom can’t get into work and Averee can’t access the good food at school. After the police basically say they can’t do anything to help, Averee starts trying to track down the person behind the Prettykitty mascot with the help of her friends, Luke and Zoe.
Once they track the creator down, Averee and her friends discover that the Ranked company hasn’t been honest with its customers and are using the information they’ve collected as well as their platform to influence people’s decisions. The trio must escape and share what they’ve learned before the company silences them.
Although this book isn’t telling a new story, or even a new angle on that story, I’m not sure that there are many graphic novel versions of it. Also, the artwork was stunning and makes it worth adding to your collection. The story has good pacing and the characters’ interactions are realistic and show great emotion. This would do well in a juvenile collection, as young patrons become more and more inundated with social media and technology. It would also do well in a young adult collection that has readers at a lower reading level.
By Stephanie Phillips, Dave Johnson
Art by Marika Cresta
A Wave Blue World, 2021
Publisher Age Rating: grade 7-9
NFNT Age Recommendation: Middle Grade (7-11), Teen (13-16), Tween (10-13)