Published by SilverStone Books on March 8th 2012
Number of Pages: 150
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Urban, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
14-year-old Monson Grey faces the same challenges that any freshman high school kid would: difficult classes, weird teachers, food fights…girls. Except, Monson Grey is not Monson Grey. At least, when he looks at himself in the mirror, the scarred face staring back is not someone he recognizes.
Now he finds himself attending an extraordinary school, the recipient of an incredible scholarship, among ridiculously rich classmates, all with no memory of how he got there or what to expect.
All he has from his former life are the flashes of haunting images that plague his dreams and the echoing voices that he hears, but cannot see.
Luckily, Monson finds fast friendship in two of his classmates, Casey and Artorius. Little does Monson know, they too carry their own skeletons. Yet, as bizarre events start to unfold around them, Monson wonders what secrets lay buried in his mind or if he will ever be able to share his true fears with his newfound friends.
Join our three heroes as they roam the halls of the most prestigious high school in the country, finding love, mystery, and answers to their algebra homework- all while peeling away the layers of Monson’s shadowy past.
The prologue doesn’t seem connected to the rest of the story, until you get to chapter two. That’s when the connection finally comes to light. It also seems to be written differently, almost as though you are reading a transcription of a play or something. This is a slow-start book, but the characters are well fleshed out and believable. I liked Cassius as well as Brian, Monson was funny as well as intriguing. But I think my favorite character had to be Taris. Her nickname was “My Princess”, and it fit, but not in the stuck-up way. She was like the stereotypical youngest princess in stories. Sweet and charming, but she also had a good sense of humor and knew when to appear to save the day.
Most of the book follows Monson as he navigates classes and meets classmates. There is actually very little magic or anything else I would expect to see in a fantasy novel. It reads more like a general fiction book of an elite boarding school. Or perhaps the plot of a Japanese anime, like Ouran High School Host Club. The only magic happens in the prologue.
Unlike other book series, this one leaves off at a cliffhanger ending. It doesn’t truly wrap up anything, requiring the reader to get the next book in the series to find out what happens next. And honestly, even for a cliffhanger, it feels more like the book was split into two. Like the author just randomly decided in the middle of the page that this is where book 1 would end. What springs to mind is the old 1960’s Batman, where you’re watching the episode, and all of a sudden you get the “tune in next time” voice over. That’s exactly how this book ‘ends’, minus of course, the voice over.
In all, there are 6 books in the series. I managed to pick up the first 2 for free, so will most likely be reading book 2 at some point. If it doesn’t start earning its fantasy catagory, and if the next book ends as abruptly as this one did, I most likely will not be picking up any more of them.