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The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance by Glenn Dakin
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Jun 12, 10

bookshelves: adventure, fantasy, fiction, mystery, series, strong-male-character, steampunk
Recommended for: Gr. 5 and up
Read from June 10 to 11, 2010, read count: 1

Theo only knows three rooms in his house and the three people who've raised him: Mr. Saint; Mr. Nicely, the butler; and Clarice, the maid, who's deaf. One time a year, on his birthday, he is allowed to leave the house with Mr. Nicely and go to a cemetery. He must always, always, wear gloves and daily he's placed in a tube to "cure" him of whatever it is that's wrong with him. What he knows of life he knows from the few books he's read and the teachings of Mr. Saint and Mr. Nicely.

One night, after Mr. Saint has left and Theo's taken off his gloves and gone to bed, two robbers break into the house and disable Mr. Nicely. They force Theo out of bed to show him where the valuables are located. Theo knows nothing so when the men get rough with him, he touches one...and the man melts into a puddle on the floor. The other robber flees immediatley.

To protect himself, Theo never reveals to others that he has ever left his room. Then, he receives a mysterious message indicating he is in danger and must escape. He is able to sneak from the house, but something flying picks him up and drops him at the shack of an old man and his grandson where he learns about the Society of Unrelenting Vigilance and begins to unravel who is really is.

Theo is a very interesting character because everything he knows is based upon the deceptive life and teaching of Mr. Saint and upon what Theo's seen in books. He must survive in a world that's in turmoil around him, always trying to figure out what's truth and what isn't, whom he can trust and whom he can't.
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