Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Source of my copy: ARC from the publisher for review
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Storm Steele is an impossible child.
Or so his parents believe thanks to the influence of his evil “step-monster.” Now Storm is being forced to attend the School of Possibilities for troubled youth. But Storm notices that something strange is going on at his new school. The students are not…normal.
Soon he’s being spied on, followed by classmates—and worst of all, forced to accept the headmaster’s perfectly behaved daughter as his girlfriend. He can feel himself becoming more obedient, more like his classmates. Storm tries to resist, but he doesn’t understand how or why the school is controlling him.
Can Storm escape—or will he be turned into a zombie of “good” behavior like everyone else around him?
According to Storm Steele's evil step-mother Verity Poole he is "an impossible child" and he is then forced to attend School of Possibilities--a school for kids that had been having trouble in their education. As Storm tries to rebel against the school's strict policies, they punish him by forcing him to date the headmaster's daughter and other crazy and unfair methods. Then, as time went on, Storm finds himself being helplessly obedient to the school's rules and though he tries to resist, he strangely can't. As Storm struggles with the School of Possibilities's power over him, he meets India. She is a girl who calls herself a guard and the leader of a small group of children against the school. Soon the two of them set out to discover the school's secrets before all children fall under its spell.
This book reminded me of Coraline by Neil Gaiman because it has the strange, curious, dark and horror movie feel to it. This book has great imagination and I thought the writing was good with an interesting plot and a great main character--Storm Steele is smart and brave. However, I thought the narration was a bit off because Storm used words (like "derelict") a regular 12 year old boy wouldn't use, at least not any 12-year-olds I know. Then again, this book is translated from the original Finnish so that might be the reason why. I thought the illustrations in the book a nice addition and it's like something Storm might have drawn. All in all, I recommend this book to middle grade readers and those who enjoy Coraline-like stories. 3.5 out 5 stars