Author: Melina Marchetta
Taylor Markham just wants to be left to herself. However, her boarding school dorm has other ideas. After being elected leader of the Houses, Taylor immediately finds herself engaged in the territory wars the school students have with other teens from town (the Townies) and the teens returning annually for outdoor training (the Cadets). Her duties prove complicated, however, when the Cadet leader turns out to be Jonah Griggs, a boy she traveled with when running away to find her mother several years before. As the three faction leaders begin to bond, the wars become less important and old boundaries and hatreds slowly crumble. Meanwhile, the mystery of
Review:The importance of family and friendships are strong adolescent themes in this book, but the sheer number of characters, the slow pace, and the complex, often confusing, dual plot is likely to deter many readers.