Social media used to be out of control. But then the Hive was invented. A better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble, get too many “condemns,” and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. Filled with grief over an unexpected loss, Cassie McKinney makes an edgy joke online. But her viral comment whips an entire country into a frenzy and the Hive demands retribution. A gripping new novel from NYT bestsellers Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden.


  • Winner, Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List, LITA Committee for Excellence in Science Fiction 2020
  • Winner, TAYSHAS List Top 10 Title, Texas Library Association 2021
  • Winner, Florida Teen Reads, Florida Association for Media in Education 2021


An eye-opening story about online comments and the consequences they may have in real life.


A gripping immersion in social media gone wrong.

- School Library Journal

The husband-and-wife writing team capture the horrors of mob mentality in this gripping, tense, action-packed thriller that will appeal to fans of Marie Lu's Warcross (2017) or Gregory Scott Katsoulis' All Rights Reserved (2017).

- Booklist

Everybody told you to quit social media, and you didn't listen. The Hive is your last warning. Thrilling, chilling, nightmare-fulfilling, The Hive is a wild, spooky ride into a terrifying future that looks a lot like tomorrow.

- Paul Griffin, author of Adrift

A brilliant doomsday warning about the perils of social media, justice, and mob thought, The Hive is also the complex story of a young girl coming of age. This is a novel about ideas, love, grief, and what hold the tricky narratives of history have on the violence of the present.

- Walter Mosley, award-winning crime novelist

Offering heart-pounding action while asking difficult questions, this novel is perfect for fans of thought-provoking cyberthrillers.

- Publishers Weekly

Mob justice rules the internet in this thrilling debut from Lyga and Baden. You'll never look at your phone the same way again.

- Allen Zadoff, author of The Unknown Assassin series

This fast-paced and sometimes highly technical novel will appeal to readers aged 14 and up who love a dystopian chase.

- The Calgary Herald

... [A] high-concept, fast-paced . .. cautionary tale of the morally fraught territory that results when technology and mob mentality mix . .. this dystopian tale seems destined for a screen adaptation.

- Kirkus Reviews

... The Hive is well-worth reading.

- CM Magazine