Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. In this idyllic place, every lawn is perfectly manicured, and everyone has a pool and a tree house. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else. The 30 kids who live there never lie--they know it's a short leap from that to the awful problems of other, less fortunate places.
Eli has never left Serenity. Why would he ever want to? Then one day he bikes to the edge of the city limits, and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes everything. Eli convinces his friends to help him investigate further, and soon it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. The clues mount to reveal a shocking discovery, connecting their ideal, crime-free community to some of the greatest criminal masterminds ever known. The kids realize they can trust no one--least of all their own parents....
This is the first book in a thrilling new series from best-selling (noncriminal) mastermind Gordon Korman.
©2015 Gordon Korman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
My kids love this story. I do too but one of the narrators uses a lisp whenever he narrates his experience of one of the female characters or a weaker male character and that narration is nothing short of offensive and really difficult to listen to; it actually ruined some of the story for me. The other narrators' performances are wonderful.
I can't belive that's how it ends. That's one way to sell more books. Of course I will have to buy the next one, or should I say the rest of the story.
Amazing! Spectacular! Unbelievable!
This is my son's 3rd book by Korman. He first read 'Ungifted' a few years ago and then recently decided to read it again. He loved it all over again. So I then bought him 'Schooled' and he read it straight through and wanted to retart it again right away. I decided to look for more Korman books after that and he picked this one. In my 10 year old's own words, "The book is amazing." "The adventure is spectacular --and you won't believe what happens in the story!" He woke up very early this morning to continue reading. At about 8:00 am. he came bounding into my bedroom to tell me an unbelievable plot twist! -Very exciting!! He can't wait to start the second book in this series.
The multiple voices help to make the story more vivid in my son's imagination.
Best story ever!
My boys and I loved this story and I loved that there were various narrators. The story is sophisticated but is well written and the author build the suspense beautifully.
This is just another story where the parents are actually the enemy. Thankfully this time the government isn't. The enemy are rogue scientists. The writing is average. The story was creative even if the overarching plot was tired. Kids will like it because it feeds the idea that everything the adults say is lame.
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