At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematics—at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to … see full wiki
This is the fourth Max Barry title I have read (Company, Syrup, Jennifer Government) and like all his previous titles, this book is more of a parody than real tale. Wil is set upon in an airport bathroom by two men who put something in his eye and start asking him a series of mundane questions (Are you a dog or cat person? What is your favorite color?). Wil attempts to escape and is almost killed by his girlfriend. He is then forced to go with the two men.
Meanwhile, Emily is a street hustler, who gets recruited by a man who takes her to a mysterious school where she must pass tests. The people all in the school all have names of dead poets. They ask her some to the same questions that Wil was given. Later she and Wil's paths will converge.
I liked this book for about fifty pages and then I just kept waiting for it to end. It is a far cry from the author's prior books. I felt uncomfortable with Emily because she is only 16 and there were some sexual situations involved. Overall I give this book just under three stars.