Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
"We want your stunts, your dares, your whatevs. There is only one rule. There is no such thing as oversharing."
At Coal Hill School, things have started to get public. Kids have become obsessed with a website that demands you perform risky stunts, or tell it your most painful secrets. And Seraphin, everyone's favourite vlogger, wants you to get involved. All in the name of charity.
At first people just get hurt. Then their lives are ruined. Finally, they disappear.
As April's fragile group of friends starts to fracture, she decides she’s going to uncover the truth behind this site herself. Whatever it takes, whoever she hurts, April’s going to win. But then, to her horror, she wakes up and finds her whole world’s changed.
What she does next will astound you.
Plot[edit | edit source]
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Characters[edit | edit source]
- April MacLean
- Tanya Adeola
- Ram Singh
- Charlie Smith
- Miss Quill
- Matteusz Andrzejewski
- Varun Singh
- Neil's mother
- Victoria Prim
- Mr Armitage
- Gemma Harris
- Geoff Evans
References[edit | edit source]
- Some of the dares on truthordare.com involve playing Pokemon Go underwater and riding a hoverboard on a busy street.
- A message on truthordare.com mentions Donald Trump, Brexit and Nicki Minaj.
- The Ice Bucket Challenge is brought back to fight "Skandis". Apparently, it's "all a bit 2014". Neil did a Cup-A-Soup Challenge instead, on Ram's suggestion to do something different.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Chapter names are styled as clickbait webpage titles.
- To better resemble an online blog, the Epub edition has no page numbers.
- The UK print is erroneously inconsistent in referring to Coal Hill. The synopsis and early pages of the novel call it 'Coal Hill School' but once one chapter refers to it as 'Coal Hill Academy', it is then referred to that way for the remainder of the book. The US print is even more erroneous in that said chapter reference as well as all other mentions of Coal Hill as an academy have been changed to school.
- Two pages of this story occur concurrent with The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo.
Audio release[edit | edit source]
- The story was released as an unabridged 6x CD audiobook by Blackstone Audio and HarperCollins, read by Billie Fulford-Brown.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- Ram's texts to his girlfriend Rachel Chapman on the night of her death at the Autumn Prom and on subsequent days after her death are put up on truthordare.com without his permission. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die)
- Children and teenagers fighting an alien war also appeared in Toy Soldiers and Winner Takes All and was a key aspect of Warriors of Kudlak.
- The Internet was also used to trap people in The Bells of Saint John.
- Ram remembers finding out his football coach was "a bit alien". (TV: The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo)
- Tanya is a fan of Seraphin's vlogs. (PROSE: What She Does Next Will Astound You)
- Miss Tey sees that the School occasionally employs a caretaker called Smith. (TV: The Caretaker)
- April recalls how aliens have literally driven a bus through her normal life. (TV: Nightvisiting)
- April will later re-use the phrase "baby steps" when talking to her mother Jackie MacLean after the killer petal invasion had been defeated. (TV: Brave-ish Heart)
- April wonders, "who calls their daughter Audrey?" Dorothy "Ace" McShane's mother was called Audrey, and Ace had a similarly muted response upon learning the name of Kathleen Dudman's baby. (TV: The Curse of Fenric)
- The organisation behind the Skandis War remain nameless and faceless by the episode's end, rather like the entity in Midnight.
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