All sixteen year old Drew Finch wants is to be left alone. She’s not interested in spending time with her mum and stepdad and when her disruptive fifteen year old brother Mason is expelled from school for the third time and sent to a residential reform academy she’s almost relieved.
Everything changes when she’s followed home from school by the mysterious Dr Cobey, who claims to have a message from Mason. There is something sinister about the ‘treatment’ he is undergoing. The school is changing people.
Determined to help her brother, Drew must infiltrate the Academy and unearth its deepest, darkest secrets.
The opening chapter was just wow. It certainly gripped me with the immediate whirlwind of mysterious events. We see Drew delve into the mysteries of The Academy after receiving a fearful note from her brother. She gets caught up in the mysterious events to try and unravel the dark secrets of The Academy.
I really liked this plot and the concept of The Academy and their secrets. The tag line ‘Welcome to the Academy. We’re here to cure you. OF EVERYTHING’ really had me hooked. I thought the book was good but I felt that the action was sped up, with significant plot points happening too quickly.
Drew is very brave to have gone after her brother at a school she knows little about that is surrounded by weirdness. I was very proud of her; overcoming her fears and control. As a reader you find things out in real time as Drew does which made my heart feel like it had been ripped out when I thought things had gone wrong. I was rooting for her all the way through and was so pleased when things eventually went to plan.
The Treatment itself is probably my worst nightmare, being stripped of myself and having everything take away. It’s certainly no cure and just a brutal, immoral ideal so I was glad that the ending was good but due to having some little peeps of unsettledness, I do wonder if there will be a sequel.
A bit of a fast paced story but none-the-less a good one.