I've thought about this book for days, now, and it just won't leave me alone. You see, January Black is haunting. The story takes place in a futuristic society where you're never really sure if Matty and everyone around him are on a different planet, in a dystopian future, or what.
It's kind of confusing, and that's half the fun.
Matty is a troublemaker. Well, his teachers think so anyway. I think they're just jealous because he's smarter than they are—which is why they expel him from Regent school.
But the king offers Matty a sliver of hope. Answer one question, one teensy, tiny, itty-bitty little question, and the king would give Matty a Masters degree.
Who wouldn't jump at that?
But when Matty delivers his answer, he discovers the king is a friend of semantics (don't you hate those?) and then Matty plunges deeper into his world, a world where information is closed off to the public, where news and records and reality have been altered, a world where freedom doesn't ring as it should.
A world much like our own. (Oh, wait. Sorry. That was me getting somewhat political.)
In Matty's pursuit of answers, he falls in love, learns that family is more than genetics, and learns that freedom and liberty must be protected at all costs.
This was a great read (4 Stars). One I recommend for young and old alike.
Great job, Wendy. I can't wait to read more!