Criminal DestinyBook - 2016
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"I'd like to report a crime."
-Amber and a policeman
"...The Bachelor. We think he's someone in the government..."
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Masterminds: Criminal Destiny by Gordon Korman, 311 pages.
@ SPL: J FIC Korma
At the end of Masterminds, Eli Frieden and three friends narrowly escaped from Serenity after discovering some dangerous secrets about their isolated, supposedly “ideal” town. Closely pursued by the town’s ruthless security squad (“The Purples”), they took refuge with Randy, a friend who had been forced to leave Serenity a few months earlier.
The sequel, Masterminds: Criminal Destiny, continues their story.
The Purples have now discovered them and they must flee for their lives. As the unwitting clones of “Project Osiris”, Eli, Tori, Amber and Malik are determined to expose the secret project, its criminal origins and the leaders of Serenity. Meanwhile their own survival is at stake. Where can they go? They are being relentlessly hunted. None of them have ever been away from Serenity before, and the “real” world outside of Serenity is proving to be a confusing, unkind place. People aren’t merely unfriendly – some of them are also dangerous. Who can they trust?
Readers will be cheering on the smart, likeable young protagonists as they make the brave decision to travel to the very heart of the sinister Project Osiris.
Full of suspense, unexpected twists and developments, Masterminds: Criminal Destiny is a true page-turner as well as a cliff-hanger. Readers will be anxious to read the just-published third volume in the series, Payback.
** Recommended for ages 9 to 13 years.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library.
Eli and his friends have managed to escape from the leaders of Project Osiris. They have to keep running because the purple people eaters, the scientists who created them, and the local police are after them. They want to prove their story to the world but first they must find someone who knows about the cloning project. They are searching for a billionaire that helped fund Project Osiris and who knows the whole story. The kids are finding out that it is hard to find someone when you are on the run yourself. This is another thrilling adventure in the Masterminds series.