This is one of the worst books I've ever read. It's all twist and no plot. There is absolutely no logic to the events that take place. I will go ahead with the spoilers.
So this kid is being kept in a mental ward run by a government agency, that is also the mob, that is also the witness protection agency, that wants both revenge and (?) information. It doesn't say that the agency is also aliens, also killer robots from the future, or also all taking place in an inception dream. But hey, why not? Might as well be. It's one of those kinds of stories anyway.
But the problem is, outside of this one plot twist idea, aka GIMMICK, there just isn't a plot. There is no real attempt to explain why the kid has amnesia, which is kind of important. Magic drugs they are giving him, and also some kind of head injury are implied, but not committed to. And if "the agency" just wanted to kill his father to get revenge for his testimony against them, why wouldn't they just kill the kid too? What information are they trying to get out of him? "We need to know if he knows we killed his father-- so we can kill him!" I guess is what they want to know? Ok, so just kill him then.
Ugh. And it builds up this whole backstory with this Amy chick, and then does nothing with it. So she moves and gets a new number. The end. Okaaay.. So why even have her as a character?
This book is perfectly representative of the type of book they make you read in a government school. Poorly written. *Punishes* you for critical thinking ("Just enjoy the suspense! Don't think too much it'll ruin it!"). Awkward ass kissing scenes. Leaves you with a senseless apprehension, like "they" are all out to get you.
Bullshit. Teachers, please-- find some real literature for your kids to read. Not this tripe. Find some Hugo! Dostoyevsky! Rand! Rostand! Something that doesn't talk down to you, as though you were barely above retard level. When's the last time a public school had the students read The Count of Monte Cristo or Gone With the Wind or The Scarlet Pimpernel? Never at my school. Your choices were this, Flowers for Algernon, Snow Falling on Cedars, or The Old Man in the Sea. All total crap novels. This is why our society is doomed. Reply