Sunday, February 15, 2009

So Yesturday by Scott Westerfeld

Description: Ever wonder who was the first kid to keep a wallet on a big chunky chain, or wear way-too-big pants on purpose? What about the mythical first guy who wore his baseball cap backwards? These are the innovators, the people at the peak of the coll pyramid.

Seventeen-year-old Hunter Braque is a Trendsetter, on the second level of the pyramid. Hi job: find the newest, coolest thing for the retail market. His MO: observe, don't get involved.

But he has to get involved when he and his crush, Jen, discover his boss's cell phone in an abandoned building--and his boss missing. Hunter and Jen are soon snared in a web of brand-name intrigue: a missing cargo of the coolest shoes they've ever seen, ads for products that don't exist, and a shadowy group dedicated to the downfall of consumerism as we know it.

Review: I got this book from Barnes & Nobles after I got a gift card from my boyfriend's grandmother. I didn't realize that it was older, but that didn't seem to affect it. Some of the technology was kind of out of date, but otherwise it was pretty modern.

I liked how Hunter didn't use name brands. That would have taken away the intergrity of the book. It kept me reading. I didn't want to stop reading, but I had to in order to do homework. The end was not what I expected, but I guess that was in it all along, just very underlined.

My favorite scene was the commercial of Poo-Sham, the fake shampoo. It was just funny!

I would totally recommend it anyone, especially people who always wonder where trends come from and what happens when something is way "too cool"

I would give it 4 coins.


runa said...

I definitely agree with you both on the lack of name brands & on the ending.

Have you read any of his other books?

TruBlu93 said...

I haven't read this one but I LOVED his Uglies series. You should check them out.