• by Dave Kalstein
  • Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia
  • 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the year 2036, the world's best boarding school is the Stansbury School. The students, better known as specimens, are screened at a young age and then given 12 years of the finest education and developmental drug regimen available. Graduates go on to dominate in all the top colleges, Forbes 500 companies, and government positions.But when several alumni are murdered, school officials decide to keep the police in the dark. They discreetly ask the school's valedictorian to solve the mystery, but he discovers that the most obvious culprit, the school's chemically imbalanced delinquent and his own nemesis, is being framed. Together, the two unlikely allies uncover a massive conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the Stansbury administration and the U.S. government.


What the Critics Say

"Kalstein's action-packed comment on the price of 'progress', the absurdity of hypercompetitive education, and the myth of meritocracy hurtles to a satisfying...conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
"Engrossing....the book is so well imagined that one cares about the school's fate from the start. And the characters are vivid as well, befitting what is, beneath its fast-paced surface, a thoughtful novel about boarding-school life." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Lazy writing, utterly cliche story

borrowing from a half dozen books and movies, this very lame read will probably be made into a very lame movie. my advice is to skip it; nothing original happens here and the "mystery" is a yawn.
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- Aaron


Two stars for the idea, which was good, but none for the execution, which was poor. Characters were unevenly developed. The linear presentation did not work with an active prologue, then very little action until the end of the book.

Zero stars for the narratior, who consistently mispronounced "nuclear" and kept pausing to drink during the second half.

This title is only recommended for those obsessed with the concept of private education.
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- strategy game fan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.