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An eighteen-year-old boy, a rebel who questions everything including his parents, other students and his teachers, has no memory of who he is, where he is or why he's there. He does remember his friend, Lazarus, and that he had killed him but he cannot remember the how or the why he has done such a dastardly crime. At Idewild, the school of the future, he discovers that his name is "Halloween", the master of the school is "Maestro" and that he has ten friends but can he trust these friends? Should he trust Maestro? Things seem a "little bit off" to Halloween, more like a video game with deadly consequences.
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       The last third of the book seems to falter, with a somewhat lack luster finale with more questions than answers.
The review of this Book prepared by Pauline Bennett

It is the late twenty-first century and a deadly virus has seeped into humankind's genetic make-up. This plague threatens to wipe us off the face of the planet, but we're not going down without a fight. However, time is not on our side. As teams of scientists, geneticists and programmers race to find a cure, our only hope lies in a last, desperate gamble. Eighteen years later, ten children are about to come of age. One of them, a young man, is suddenly startled awake. He has no memory. His urroundings mean nothing to him. All he knows for certain is that someone is trying to kill him.
The review of this Book prepared by Nick Sagan

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   amnesia Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Given added abilities Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student    -   mage/magician Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading    -   clairvoyant    -   can cast many different spells    -   is very quick Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius


Terrain    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Spaceship setting:    -   a space station Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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