All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She's not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she's almost relieved.
Everything changes when she's followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.
Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.
I've never read anything by this author before and normally it seems she writes thrillers for adult and this is her first Young Adult Novel. I got it in one of those floating book stores in buy one get one free sort of deal which is usually how I pick up books by authors I don't know - I find one book I want by someone I do and then scower the shop for something else in the deal that doesn't look half bad.
For a young adult book, this was pretty run of the mill. The main characters younger brother is in trouble and she rushes in to help, uncovering a massive conspiracy and finding a long lost...fill in the blanks. It was an enjoyable read and I read through it (though I admit I was skimming in parts) and I'm not sorry I read it - though I am not inspired to pick up anything else by the same author.
What really bothered me was this one character - Lacey. She was your typical mean girl who used to be best friends with Drew the main character, then they became teenagers and she turned on her. Its not the stereotype that bothers me, seen it before probably will see it again. What bothers me is that she is supposed to be seen as this perfect student, no one knows she is bullying Drew but then someone how she ends up at the reform school - mainly just so that she can keep bullying Drew. It was unexpected - which usually I would be thrilled about but it was also not plausible especially with absolutely no explanation as to what she had done to get there. It took Drew (an awkward and quiet student) doing something really rash and OOC to get her step dad to throw her in there - and he was involved with the school in the first place.
I give it