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It does not take long for the boys to soak up the adrenaline that is all around them at the school. By their second visit, they become witness to what can happen to the jerks that have made their life a living hell. All they need do is take a pledge, get a small “mark” on their arm, and deliver flyers to other people. When this all happens, now it is their bullies up on stage being dealt with. Funny thing, the day after their bully is up on stage, they don’t appear to be affected. But it does not take long for the revenge to sink in and make the bullies suffer. Nor does it take long for Aaron to realize that it has all gone too far, and now he feels trapped. Trying to break away, he is visited while in bed by a very large and very creepy arthropod that explains extremely careful that the next visit would endanger the life of his mother. The only person he can turn to is his piano instructor. (didn't see that coming, did you?)
This is Michael Richan’s 20th book, geared directly to the YA genre. It is also his first book that is not an off shoot of his incredible paranormal “River Series”. This is story is fresh and captivating. It makes me think of my younger days being picked on for being a nerd with glasses who always had their nose in a book. I am here to tell you that this is a creepy book! Not any soft and cuddly creatures here. Several characters in this book are not what they appear to be, at all. It does not matter if you are the bully or the one being bullied yourself. The School of Revenge is packed with more kinds of revenge than you can think of. I have already decided to send this to my 13 and 16 yr old nieces as an escape from their homework.
THE SCHOOL OF REVENGE, by Michael Richan is a Young Adult novel that has a premise most high schoolers have entertained at some point--exacting revenge against the very bullies who verbally and physically torment them.
After a typical day of the usual abuse aimed at him, new Freshman, Aaron, is at home when a crumpled message--with a dusting of what appears to be sand--is thrown through his open bedroom window. An opportunity too good to be true is presented--revenge against those who have wronged you--a free "class" to consider, offered by an enigmatic group that call themselves The School of Revenge.
Aaron and his best friend, Philip, decide to check it out--never imagining the horrific path they are beginning to embark upon . . .
Richan gives us a situation that is all too plausible in today's world--kids being bullied by other kids. His characters are flawed, just as real individuals would be. They're caught between the desire for revenge, verses the thought of bringing actual harm of some sort to another. While many have had these fantasies, what would you do if the chance to bring them into reality--without fear of retribution--was offered? This is just one of the dilemmas in THE SCHOOL OF REVENGE.
The other issues that pop up are literally to die for!
About halfway through this novel, the tone begins to alter into something much more . . .deadly . . . with consequences that nobody could have seen coming.
The reaches and ramifications of this "school" are like nothing I've read before. A completely original and memorable storyline that I highly recommend!
Being one of the kids who was bullied I can sympathize with Aaron and Phillip. I can even admit to the same kind of fantasies about my (many) tormentors.
That being said things went a bit too far for me. The punishments did not fit the crimes.
I loved the tie-in, the evil Archner Group. I foresee a big crossover, mash-up waiting in the wings.