When I first started reading this book, I admit, I expected something else. What I expected was something similar to the movie Red Dawn. What I got was something uniquely and refreshingly different. The novel has a very strong plotline, and intriguing twists, some of which are somewhat evident, many of which took me by complete surprise. I found the characters to be delightful and entirely human in their conception, which can be a difficult thing to accomplish. I have read many teen books over the years, and this is one of the best I’ve read so far. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking a novel with lots of adventure and intrigue. There will be no disappointment at all.
Everyone remembers who Mia Kish is. As a small child, she fell into a well and was trapped. Now that she is 16, she lives with her father in the small town of Fenton, Colorado. She attends the very prestigious boarding school in town, Westbrook Academy, and is a star on the school swim team. There is one other major thing the town is famous for: Fenton Electronics, a super-secret company that Mia’s father happens to be the Director of. It’s also known around town as The Cave. Mia thinks everything is fine in her small town, until one day, her friends and teachers at school suddenly begin aging at an extremely accelerated pace. Now Mia knows something is wrong. And then the soldiers show up. Soldiers more ready to shoot than ask questions. Who’s next to age? What’s going on? Mia thinks it’s a virus. Mia and her friends know the safest place in town is The Cave, so they run, trying desperately to avoid the soldiers. What they find there will be far more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.
Sixteen-year-old Mia Kish's small town of Fenton, Colorado is known for three things: being home to the world's tallest sycamore tree, the national chicken-thigh-eating contest and one of the ritziest boarding schools in the country, Westbrook Academy. But when emergency sirens start blaring and Westbrook is put on lockdown, quarantined and surrounded by soldiers who shoot first and ask questions later, Mia realizes she's only just beginning to discover what makes Fenton special.
And the answer is behind the wall of the Cave, aka Fenton Electronics, of which her father is the Director. Mia's dad has always been secretive about his work, allowing only that he's working for the government. But unless Mia's willing to let the whole town succumb to a strange illness that ages people years in a matter of hours, the end result death, she's got to break quarantine, escape the school grounds and outsmart armed soldiers to uncover the truth.