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Book: The Classmate
Author: Will McIntosh
Book Series: Standalone for now
Diversity: MC with Anxiety Disorder
Recommended For…: middle grade readers, sci-fi
Publication Date: June 21, 2022
Genre: MG Sci-Fi
Age Relevance: 12+ (gore, violence, some scary moments)
Explanation of Above: There is slight blood in the book and some violence, including scary moments.
Publisher: Future House Publishing
Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Benjamin is pulled from his old life and forced to attend a special boarding school in the middle of nowhere. That’s confusing enough. Then, he’s fed instructions through an earbud and thrown into etiquette classes alongside an angry, spike-covered creature. Despite wearing purple dresses and having the unassuming name of Eve, the creature is horrifying and, as Eve quickly demonstrates, dangerous.
With the help of his new friends Lorena and Persephone, Ben must overcome his own anxieties and uncover the truth about Eve’s origin. But he learns that the school’s agenda is much bigger than he ever thought possible. Ben needs to earn Eve’s trust, and fast. The fate of the world depends on it.
Review: For the most part the book was pretty good. It has an interesting concept and I think that if it was developed a bit more it would be amazing. The book had fairly well developed characters and the world building was fair too. The book also has a good message about acceptance.
However, there were some parts of this book that were icky to me. There are real life events where teens are taken from their parents under false pretenses for “camp” where they are starved and tortured and the book, how it was worded, started to give me those vibes. I’m glad it was just a government thing, but for younger readers parents might want to read the book first so they can judge if this would be appropriate for their children.
Verdict: It was ok!