Joel wants more than anything to be a Rithmatist, so when he isn’t chosen, he studies and sneaks into lectures to learn as much as he can. When Rithmatists start getting killed on campus, he tries to help a beloved professor uncover the answers before it is too late.
I probably should confess that I read this book mostly because it was on the Lone Star list. Unfamiliar with the author I wasn’t sure what to expect. What a pleasant surprise. While some of my students can’t get into this book because of the Rithmatic strategies, I found it very interesting. The characters are real and the illustrations help understand some of the more complex ideas in the book. Interested in book two and reading another book by this author called Steelheart now.
Fitch raised a finger. “The most dangerous kind of man is not the one who spent his youth shoving others around. That kind of man gets lazy, and is often too content with his life to be truly dangerous. The man who spent his youth being shoved around however…When that man gets a little power and authority, he often uses it to become a tyrant on par with the worst warlords in history. I worry this could become you.”
Recommended Grades: 7-12
Overall Opinion: Recommended