by Robinson Wells
Published October 4th 2011 by HarperTeen
copy received via publisher and author (thanks!)
genre: YA mystery-thriller
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synopsis from goodreads
Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.He was wrong.Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.Where breaking the rules equals death.But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.
Let me start by saying: wow! what a ride!! Back when I first saw the cover and read the synopsis I was seriously intrigued by the story line. It sounded fresh new and unique and I was eager to find out the mystery behind this school! I was lucky enough to win a singed copy which after reading I’m even more treasure!
When Benson (an orphan with no family background) first sets a foot in his new school he gets that there is something wrong – seriously wrong. No teachers and no adults – at all! What kind of school is this? Also, there is no way whatsoever to just leave this school. There are group of kids and all want him to join theirs – but Benson is warily and first would like to figure out what’s going one here… Specially considering that none of the kids would like to talk about this?!
From the first pages Bensons voice grabbed me as the story is told from his POV this is always important and here I found myself immediately drawn to him! At first, he tries to figure out what the hell is going on there and he doesn’t take a “shut up” for an answer which I loved immensely. He was always like” you have to be kidding me” or “I can’t believe you don’t see there is something seriously wrong her”. When he realizes that punishment in this school equals death he becomes even more determined to figure out what’s up here and he tries to leave!
He never gives up digging and he never wanted to simply accept his fate at this school. He most definitely is a strong kid you have to admire!
As the story develops Benson learns a thing or too and starts digging at the right places and as Benson learns – we learn and.. oh my! This is a messed up school ! Of course, there is now way I could tell you more about this – but I was shocked , seriously shocked!! The author did an phenomenal job keeping us on edge all the day to wave his dark tale surrounding this horrible school! His writing is flawless and there was no dull moment during the book – the plot just keep moving and moving and the same time it got darker and more frightening!
The ending however, will leave you gasping! Just when you thought now it’s over he teases you with an ending that is both frightening and confusing! There is no way I would or can miss the next book in this series!
This was a compelling, dark and captivating mystery for Young Adults and adults alike, and it will appeal both girls and boys! The idea behing the story is frightening, scary but so very fresh and unique – it’s unlike something I read before! Absolutely 5 stars for scary entertainment here!