by Mark Frost
Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.
Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he's capable of--physical and mental feats that should be impossible--and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.
This was a suspenseful page-turner, with so much plot to get across. I liked how the details of the book's universe was slowly laid out, which increases the suspense as you fit together the puzzle pieces. The humor was also a plus- there were many laugh-out-loud lines. Perhaps it is because of the fast-paced action that the characters all seemed to fit too handily into archetypes, but the story and witty writing made up for any issues I had with character development. (Received a copy of the book from NetGalley)