Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Cover image for The hypnotistsJackson Opus has unusual eyes. They change color when his emotions change, which allows Jackson to sometimes hypnotize people. Jackson is recruited by a foundation of hypnotists and begins intensive training to learn to control his power. The foundation claims to have the betterment of mankind as its goal, but Jackson begins to wonder about their real motives when the director asks him to do something unethical. It is only when he begins to express his hesitations that he realizes how much he is under the director's power. Suddenly Jackson is in a race to save himself, his family and the fate of the whole country. Korman has an amazingly long list of children books.  I wasn't that thrilled with some of his earlier series, but I have enjoyed some of his more recent ones.  I really liked Ungifted and I liked this one. This one has a different feel from Ungifted.  That one was funny and goofy, but his one was much more serious. It brings up some interesting ethical questions, and has some good action sequences. I have already put the second one in the series on hold. (232 p)

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