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- ISBN: 9780062093516 (electronic bk)
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- Publisher: 2011.
|Summary, etc.:||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.|
|Target Audience Note:||
Text Difficulty 2 - Text Difficulty 3
UG/Upper grades (9th-12)
4.5 ATOS Level
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- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2011 October #2
Lots of YA novels begin with a character arriving at a new boarding school, but it is safe to say there has never been a boarding school like this. Perennial foster kid Benson arrives at Maxfield Academy armed with an unexpected scholarship and some cautious optimism, but within minutes of arriving he realizes something is terribly wrong. There are no adults. There are towering walls topped with barbed wire. Messages are sent by computer to instruct the teens in both academic pursuits and paintball war games. Most immediately worrisome is that the student body has split itself into three warring factions: the Society (tasked with keeping order), Havoc (food preparation as well as serious attitude), and the V's (whose chief shared trait is a desire to escape). This is good old-fashioned paranoia taken to giddy extremes, especially when a totally implausibleâbut nonetheless enjoyably insaneâtwist upends the plot in the final act. Take Veronica Roth's Divergent (2011), strip out the angst, add a Michael Grantâlevel storytelling pace, and you have this very satisfying series starter. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
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