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Posted January 6, 2013
I picked this book based on a small excerpt where Liam is literally shoved out of bed by no-one. I haven't read many ghost stories and figured I was over due.
The book starts with Liam being hurt by 2 members of the opposing basketball team, one of which then foul him just as he is about to take the winning shot at the end of the match, Liam loses his mind in the heat of the moment and takes his revenge by beating him with a folding chair,leaving him in a coma. Liam then finds himself facing aggravated assault charges, and being sent to Military school to serve out his sentence.
Once there he tries to settle into the routine of the Academy. But he keeps having strange dreams, dreams in which his life is in danger.. and time is running out.
I actually felt sorry for Liam at the start of the book, injured deliberately by the opposition and then fouled near the end of the match its no wonder he lost his temper (yes he took it too far), and then shunned by his family who wouldn't even arrange legal advice for him... Not once did he try to deflect the blame away from himself.
The story developed at just the right pace to keep you reading. Not giving away too much early in. However, the final showdown seemed rushed and left me feeling a little cheated. Now im looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
Posted February 22, 2012
Reviewed by Vered E for Readers Favorite Liam figures things couldn’t get worse. A confrontation on the basketball court lands him in jail, his parents disown him, his girlfriend breaks up with him and now a judge sentences him to complete his remaining high school years at the Admiral Farragut Academy. Can it get any worse? Apparently, it can. He makes enemies upon arrival at the Academy and he is assigned to Room 509, a dorm room that has been sealed for twenty years. At first, he dismisses the stories surrounding the room: that all its previous tenants committed suicide on Halloween night by jumping off the building’s roof. Then he meets his roommate, a strange boy who no one else has seen, and starts having weird dreams. Liam’s only friend, a sullen girl called Lisbeth, isn’t even sure she wants to be around him. Will he find a way to solve the mystery before it is too late? This is a unique, tensely written and well-paced paranormal young adult story with good plot development. The teen characters are realistic and learn to move out of their self-absorption and reach out to help each other. The story also provides an insider’s look at the routines and experiences of a military school, and the author draws on his own experience to create an authentic description. There were some editing issues a few minor inconsistencies throughout the story. But overall this story has great promise and kept me interested.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 11, 2010
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