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In a private-school conspiracy novel, 16-year-old Jason Weatherby knows exactly why he's at the Lambert School for the Gifted. And it's not for his brains. His dad is an influential state senator. It's this same connection that lands him a spot on the secretive Chamber of Five, the elite group of students who run the school with a shadow government, tapping into the same l ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Diane Ferbrache
In the exclusive Lambert School for the Gifted, the Chamber of Five is in control. Members are chosen from the children of the wealthiest donors and they rule the school employing very questionable tactics. When Jason, the son of a Congressman, becomes the newest member of the group he begins to question everything -- why the Chamber exists and why the school administration and parents allow it. When his father tries to explain that money and power control everything -- in school and in life -- ...more
Andrew Foley
"The Chamber of Five" is a fiction story centering around a student struggling with the choice between right and wrong as he deals with his new status as a member of his private school's sacred group called the chamber of five. Jason Weatherby is under enormous pressure from his congressman father to succeed in school and being a member of the chamber is a crucial part of his success, but Jason does not agree with the motives or actions of the group and decides he must do something about it. As ...more
Alyssa
Jun 05, 2012 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well...it was good. I felt that it was over the top though. And the happy ending? Too happy. I mean, yeah, and I want closure and all, but really? Nothing in life ever turns out that great....unless you're like, blessed by an angel.

There are my problems. I loved the moral thinking of this story. The characters were relateable, and I loved how it was about the corrupt system in our country.

It's scary to think there are lines of power like that. I also like the whole kind of murder-mystery feel to
...more
David Jin
Feb 09, 2015 David Jin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Chamber of Five tied Brutal for my least favorite Harmon book, partially due to the mix of immature and very mature themes, the rather implausible plot, and the messy way the story flowed. It wasn't a bad book by any means. The writing was fine, the characters were well-developed, and the story was decent and fast-paced to keep me going. The problem is that once I finished, I had some trouble piecing together the logic in the plot because some of the events were convoluted and jumbled together. ...more
Sally Kruger
Jason Weatherby goes to Lambert School for the Gifted. His father is a U.S. Congressman and expects his son to follow him in some sort of political career and going to the elite school is part of that plan.

Lambert is controlled by a group known as the Chamber of Five. Jason has just become part of the group, but now that he is one of the insiders, he is learning about the corrupt dealings of this secret group. The leader of the Chamber assigns Jason the task of having a certain freshman removed
...more
Rene Kirkpatrick
Jul 20, 2011 Rene Kirkpatrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this down! It's about a private, elite high school that was originally formed for gifted children and eventually becomes a school for the wealthy and privileged. At the top of the school is a secret group of five who run the school. When our main character, Jason, is inducted into the group, he realizes just how degraded the group is. The single person in charge of everything is a violent and disturbed boy who doesn't like Jason but has to have him in the group because of his back ...more
John Worthington
A picked this book up on a free shelf at the library and read it while riding as a passenger while visiting Boise. This book is about a private school that caters to the very rich and the very smart. There is a ruling body of five students who make all the rules and determine who gets the positions that will help them get into the prestigious schools. That is until a new student is selected for the Chamber of Five and determines to try and stop the corruption.
Susan
Didn't finish- the language, and the cruelty of the young men who are the privileged sons of important men was sickening. Jason, a senator's son is welcomed into the "Chamber of Five," the upper and most elite of the elite at his school. He watches as a girl called before the group is emotionally pressured to remove her top to prove her worthiness. Then Jason is given the student file of a brilliant but nerdy student and as an initiation, told to ruin him and get him kicked out. The punishment f ...more
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Jason Weatherby belongs in the world of Lambert School for the Gifted. His dad is a Congressman and has paid for Jason's spot among the powerful. However, Jason also knows that he does not like the corrupt nature of the school's club system, especially when intelligent people like Elvis are blackballed for being poor. Working from within, Jason vows to bring down the system. A run of the mill thriller, this mainly stands out as a good action suspense novel for male readers in a field that has ha ...more
Lara
Aug 21, 2013 Lara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fic
TIL ellipses=DRAMA. Observe:

From page 21:

"In fact, she represented Congressman Hinks this last year concerning his... difficulties with monogamy."

From page 54:

"We had a... beneficial conversation."

From page 57-58:

"Kennedy let me know you were... upset."
"He was... flustered about the sudden inability to breathe correctly, and honestly, I'm having a hard time holding him back with you."
"Because you are who you are, and though I don't like to admit it,
your father has... influenced the school quite
...more
Leigh Paddon
A really great book. It shows students about right and wrong, and how people in power are not always right.
Dolores
Nov 28, 2011 Dolores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that you tear through, but afterward you find yourself questioning. In many ways it is over the top, but without question it keeps the reader riveted. Harmon has a special way with bullying. There is a lot of tension and menace in this story of an elite school where the upper crust has taken their power too far. There is a lot of food for thought about our own society and political structure here as well.
Tia
Aug 22, 2011 Tia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. It captured the deceit and greed which wealth and power of society and politics has on a family and school. There was a good amount of suspence and mystery. Very intriguing. My only complaint is the epilogue was written in a different style than the rest of the book (like the character's journal entry) which just ruined the flow in my opinion, but then again it was the end so... All in all, great book!
Brenda
Jun 22, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book, e-books
I read this e-book while on vacation. The book really held my attention even though it was "Young Adult." I could relate to some of the characters. The writing style made me not want to put the book down. Some of the actions in the book were hard to believe, and yet I know it could happen. I will seek-out this author again.
Lori
Nov 19, 2012 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bully
I've enjoyed other books by Michael Harmon and thought I would try this one. It is not my favorite. It's almost like taking bits and pieces of lifetime movies and put them down on paper. The characters are "typical" and I remember a similar story from a movie in the 80's. It was just ok.
Greg
Mar 07, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seemed a little unrealistic to me, but very fast paced and I couldn't put it down until it was done. Jason is a very likable character and it was very amazing the way he stood up to the Chamber of Five, which is made up for decent kids, but with a tyrant of a leader.
Ann
Sep 28, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rating. I can't put this book down. I love Michael Harmon's books and this does not disappoint. Privlege and power doesn't always make one happy and the students of Lambert School for the Gifted are not happy at all.
Elsa
Nov 23, 2011 Elsa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: qp-2012
I was apprehensive about reading this because I hate these kind of stories. This wasn't so bad though even though there were parts that were hard to get through.
Katie
Mar 02, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
A really good book. A lot more convoluted then I thought it was going to be. I really grew attached to the main character.
Benjamin Zabin
was a good quick read. some parts were irrelevant but it was a fun book. Inspired great discussion.
Stina Madison
It really shows how unjust our society can be.
Mark Flowers
review to come in VOYA
Scott Freeman
Back to the YA grind.
Jessica
A good beginning book for those not quite ready for the Chocolate War.
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