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Variant by Robison Wells
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Nov 14, 11

bookshelves: mystery, sci-fi, teen
Read from November 01 to 11, 2011

Benson Fischer has bounced from foster home to foster home. He applies for a scholarship to Maxfield Academy not expecting to get in, but when he does he is psyched. He is sure this opportunity will change his life. He is right.

Upon arrival Benson learns that there are no adults at this isolated boarding school. Three "gangs" of students run the school and they are monitored by security cameras and listening devices. Rewards and punishments are doled out according to instructions given via a computer. At this school if you receive detention you never return.

Benson is frustrated by the apathy shown by many at the school. Why aren't they trying harder to escape? Will Benson be able to rally others to help break out or will he too become content?

This is the first book in a series.
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