Thursday 24 July 2014
Disruption by Steven Whibley Review!
Title : Disruption
Author : Steven Whibley
Pages : 336
Published : March 19th 2014
Source : Netgalley
At fourteen, Matt has executed so many pranks - the latest nearly destroying his school - that his parents are out of discipline options. So his father pulls a few questionable strings to get his son into Camp Friendship: A camp that promises to strengthen the moral compass of today’s youth. With a name like Camp Friendship Matt imagines three punishing weeks of daisy chains and Kumbayas.
Within minutes of arriving at the camp, however, Matt’s nearly killed—twice. It doesn’t take long for him to realize there's more to this picture-perfect place than meets the eye. What sort of summer camp has programs in forging passports? Why do they have endless fight training, and weapons drills, and what is with the hidden rooms? Matt wonders if his parents realize they've enrolled him in what seems to be some kind of freakish, elite spy school.
What Matt doesn't yet know - and is soon to find out - is that Camp Friendship's ultimate purpose is far more sinister than he could possibly have imagined. With each dot he connects, he begins to understand that in the end he'll be left with two choices: pull the prank of a lifetime to escape this place...or die trying.
My Thoughts :
When Matt and his friend pulled a prank that went wrong in school, his father decided to send him to an elite camp called Camp Friendship. His dad had to pull some strings to get Matt into this camp and Matt isnt happy. To him a camp like this is where nerds go but he has no choice.
When he gets to the bus his first impression is of happy campers but the minute they are on the bus and away from prying eyes, things change. Matt is nearly beaten up by one camper. When they arrive at camp, Matt is nearly killed and the activities are all weird. Forging passports, weapon training, bombs, what kind of camp is this?
He decides from hints and the activities, that the camp is a CIA spy training camp. He is thrilled to be part of the camp and does his best to excel. Bit all is not what it seems and his "friends" may not be who they say. Can Matt survive long enough to escape the camp or will everything blow up in his face?
I went into this with no idea what it was about because I didn't read the blurb and I'm glad to say that I really enjoyed it.
I liked Matt. He is a prankster and wants to pull the mother of all pranks in school, unfortunately for him it goes wrong and he is sent to the camp. I liked the fact that Matt seems like a typical teenage boy. At the start of camp he has no idea what kind of camp he is in and thinks of everything from soccer camp to one where they sit around and make bracelets, then when he figures out its a spy camp, he thinks its extremely cool! He bumbles along trying to look like he knows what he is doing but he has no clue. It was fun to read.
Steven Whibley has created a fun, mysterious and intriguing read. At times laugh out loud and at other times very tense but all the time enjoyable. Its an extremely easy read and one I flew through. The author has captured the voice of teenage boys perfectly. I now my boys would love this and its one Ill get them for their shelves. I cant wait for more from these characters and Im looking forward to book 2.