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Behind the Gates by Eva Gray
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Nov 09, 2011

really liked it

Set in a future time when everyone wears permanent electronic ID bracelets from the time they are born, this is an exciting series for girls 10-14 who are not ready for the violence level of Hunger Games.

Because of the War that has caused destruction around them, Louisa and her best friend Maddie are going away to boarding school in a safer place. The location is secret, to keep them safe. The girls are shocked when their ID bracelets are cut off, and all their phones and electronic gadgets are confiscated -- but it's for their own safety, right?

Country Manor School has challenging academic classes, with the addition of some surprising ones, like sharpshooting, archery, and survival skills. A school that teaches you how to light a fire and make explosives? Louisa thinks it is strange, but she is so happy to be living in a place with trees and fresh air that she doesn't question the curriculum. Her roommate Evelyn, on the other hand, sees a more sinister motive. Her conspiracy theories are just a joke at first, until Maddie gets in trouble, and the girls start to get a hint of what's really going on at this school.

Behind the Gates is the first in a series of 4 Tomorrow Girls books. If you liked the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix, you will like this series.
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