Synopsis: Peter, Katrina, August have been accepted into the prestigious, elusive private academy. Only the elite get in unless you are poverty-stricken, but smart enough to make good grades. They aren’t that bunch. In fact, the emotional issues they have make it that much more surprising that they we’re admitted at all. Katrina and Peter are orphans. August situation is so grim they are not allowed to talk about it. So why did they get in? Are they apart of a weird social experiment?
Very strong opening. I got the sense right away that something sinister was going on, this undercurrent of secrecy. The school ran like clockwork. There seemed to be the unspoken idea that the students had to be kept on schedule. ….not just on task.
I like how I was gently lead into the plot not jerked into it, like taking a elderly person gently by the hand guiding them along the path. At first.
I’m also fascinated by how a story originally told in Dutch can still be profound in English.( Assuming the nuances and shades of meaning were not lost in translation) The action in the plot had this stop /start quality(mid way to the end of the book) As if someone was using a stop watch to determine where to speed up the story and when to slow it down.
The only thing I didn’t like was toward the end of there were all these theories on time, like ok we get it. Obviously the protagonist in the story is obsessed with the concept that time was not what it appeared to be. By the time we get to this part of the novel it got a little boring for me, but other than that a good read. I would actually read his other books in the future. I gave this book 4 1/2 stars