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|Age Level: 11 - 18|
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Early in the book, as Louis transitioned into the school life, I wasn't as glued to the story as I was in the very beginning (I really enjoyed the opening). This could partly be due to me reading at noisy airports, since I find it very hard to focus in these types of situations. However as Louis uncovered more of the main plot, the book picked up steam and kept me turning pages. I would also have liked to see a little more development of the students, there was a small transition point where I had a hard time distinguishing some of the secondary characters. As I got further into the story this was mostly addressed as the characters became more involved in the plot. My favorite parts of the book were about an arena type game that the students would compete in for fun. Some of these parts had me literally laughing out loud in public places, so I can definitively say I enjoyed them.
I recommend reading the preview of the book available on Amazon. It is what convinced me to buy this book, and I am happy I did. The second book in the series is not yet released, and I am looking forward to seeing where the author brings the story next.
The writing is mostly in the first person from the point-of-view of the main protagonist, Louis Edwards, and takes us through his "discovery" and recruiting into the "Savants Institute" together with a new cohort of students (the first in 18 years), and describes his initial trepidation on whether or not to join, followed by a rather sharp transition into full action going after the "bad guys" (the Red Plague).
There is a clear influence from the Harry Potter story *Minor Spoiler Alert* (evil master savant trying to get reincarnated, and the equivalent of Severus Snape whose allegiance is in doubt), but the story line is much more simplistic with sequences of barely plausible events that culminate with the batch of newly recruited and mostly untrained students saving the day.
The book is clearly setup as the first installment in a series with the introduction of some characters that play absolutely no role in the current story line (the girl following Louis), and that are more of a distraction than anything else as their sole purpose is as a starting point for the next book.
I gave it 4 stars as it is readable (the writing is decent) and some of the characters have endearing traits, but it is more of a 3.5 and its appeal is definitely much more limited to young readers than the broader appeal of the Harry Potter story.
Worth reading, but beware if you are a Harry Potter fan.