Will West does not stand out. Rule #3 (don’t draw attention to yourself) doesn’t allow him to. Will lives his life by a set of rules; every decision he makes is influenced by them. Until he accidentally slips up. Now there are people tracking him, monsters hunting him, and an elite boarding school recruiting him. How do these fit together? Will must figure out not only how to save his parents, but how to save the world from the Paladins, without letting the school find out what is going on.
This book has a little bit of everything. Frost weaves mystery, comedy, and thriller together. His characters are entertaining. You have Nick, the man who lightens the mood; he is always cracking jokes or pulling pranks, and you can depend on him in battle. There’s Ajay, the short genius who builds video phones from broken down TV’s for fun. Elise has eyes that can see into your soul, paired with a stand-off personality and a huge brain. And then there’s Brooke, the one who makes sure all the others stay in line. These characters made me laugh out loud when reading this, at how Nick annoyed Elise with one of his rude jokes, or how Ajay used formal language for things not formal.
Frost hooks readers from the first, when Will finds a creepy black car on the road that seems to be following him. As Will finds out more about himself and his stalkers, the mystery behind the secretive Paladins unfolds, creating a kick-butt book.