Serenity, New Mexico is an idyllic small town in the middle of the desert. There’s no crime, no poverty, no hunger; everyone has everything they need, and most of everything they want, too. One day, though, as Eli Friedman and his friend, Randy, decide to bike to the edge of town, Eli is overcome with pain and sickness and is suddenly rescued by a mysterious helicopter. Obviously this seems a little shocking and confusing, so Eli begins to investigate, and what he finds out changes everything he thinks about his life in Serenity. Because I don’t want to spoil the story for you, that’s all I’m going to tell you about the plot, but trust me, it’s a great read!
Gordon Korman is a fantastic storyteller! Masterminds is actually told through several different narrators, both boy and girl, so this is a book that will appeal to all readers. There’s plenty of action and suspense, so this is one of those books you won’t want to put down until you’ve read it all–I think it took me a little over one day, which is fast for me lately! Even reluctant readers are going to be drawn into this one. Also, what the kids discover about themselves and Serenity will likely lead to some good discussions with your kids.
I’d like to tell you more about Masterminds, but it’s really one of those books you need to read for yourself to get the whole story. Though the story is about pre-teens, the plot is interesting enough that younger readers will enjoy reading or listening to it, too. The best part? This is the first in a new series by Korman, so there will be more to look forward to once you finish this one!