Thursday, September 22, 2011

Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Faith Erin Hicks

Jenna and Lucas are two young teens who don't seem to fit in. Jenna's family are all geniuses and Jenna's immaturity and fixation on role-playing are troubling. Lucas has been sucked into the wrong crowd of friends and is continuously getting into trouble with the law. They are shipped off to Camp Fielding, where their families are assured that their behaviors will be 'fixed,' and return super smart. There's only one problem, Jenna and Lucas don't want to be fixed. Especially when it seems like everyone around them is turning into drones, and more than a few are going missing...

I think it's a well documented fact that I generally don't like horror. This was just enough science fiction mixed in with horror to completely entertain me. Lucas and Jenna are sassy, engaging, and funny. Their families are pretty off the wall and yet believable. And spoiler: the camp is implanting alien birds into the heads of their campers, which is killing some of them off. Watching the camp director yank a bird fetus from some kid's throat was disturbing to say the least.

Fun, hilarious, and scary-ish. Definitely a worthwhile read.

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