Sixteen-year-old Paris Secord's (aka DJ ParSec) career--and life--has come to an untimely end, and the local music scene is reeling. No one is feeling the pain more than her shunned pre-fame best friend, Kya, and Paris's chief groupie, Fuse. But suspicion trumps grief, and since each suspects the other of Paris's murder, they're locked in a high-stakes game of public accusations and sabotage.Everyone in the ParSec Nation (DJ ParSec's local media base)--including the killer--is content to watch it play out, until Kya and Fuse discover a secret: Paris was on the verge of major deal that would've catapulted her to superstar status on a national level, leaving her old life (and old friends) behind. With the new info comes new motives. New suspects. And a fandom that shows its deadly side. As Kya and Fuse come closer to the twisted truth, the killer's no longer amused. But murdering Paris was simple enough, so getting rid of her nobody-friends shouldn't be an issue......
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A really compelling mystery about a murdered DJ, her two closest friends/fans who -- at the time of her death -- were on the outs with her, and about police brutality, black justice, racial inequality in the media (there was a lot here reminiscent of Tiffany D. Jackson's MONDAY'S NOT COMING), and about social media and technology and the Dark Web. The twists here are solid and compelling, and both Kya and Fuse both have outstanding voices. This is my first Giles and won't be my last. Though Angi ...more
Good mystery overall though I'll admit that had another trusted author/reader not recommended this story, I would have DNF'd it very early on. The author's voice is very much YA, which normally is fine, but for some reason it grated on my nerves for this story. (You can only read "turn up" so many times!) It's very much a contemporary story; it'll be interesting to come back 20 years from now to see how/if it can hold up due to how much it relies on current social media, etc.
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Man, this was so good. I always think Giles's thrillers are good but I think this is my fave so far. I just loved the voices, loved the pacing, loved the way he incorporated the dark web, fandom (and standom), and social justice, and also made it a friendship story, not to mention I thought the mystery went to a very cool place. I am such a fan and this was honestly even better than I thought it'd be.
Paris Secord (DJ ParSec) is found dead in her studio by 2 people - her former best friend, Kya, and Fuse, her top groupie. These 2 people are not friends and they used to be friends with Paris. No leads and the police aren't wasting any time or manpower to find her killer. Kya and Fuse are the guilty ones as far as ParSec Nation is concerned. Then Kya and Fuse work together to find the killer. Many secrets from her past are revealed which gives someone a motive to kill her. This story is told in ...more
Highly suggestible for the music/hip-hop lovers and the crime drama mystery types. I did like yes we are getting a murder mystery with its twists and turns but set against the backdrop of the music industry in all its shades of its high and its ugly sides...the humble-private life of Paris would be one and the rabid Dark Nation fandom. I like (and oh my goodness thank you!) the narrative for being realistic in its approach to music industry portrayal especially the social media-fandom side. I li ...more
i didn't feel any type of connection towards this story, but it wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
actual rating: 2.75/5
Can you say Beyhive? I enjoyed reading this young adult mystery, and my students are going to love it also! The pop culture references were excellent!
Teens will love the music, DJ, and the ins and out of the music world as they are plunged into another thriller from Lamar Giles. Paris (known as DJ ParSec is found murdered by two of her friends; Kya and Fuse have no love for each other than their history with Paris. What was really freaky was the fandom known as ParSec Nation; I could not put this latest book down! I Love Lamar Giles mysteries and this book took it to the next level with the many motives and suspects; high school drama, family ...more