While the others slept, Aidan spent hours each night running sim after sim. Although he was only a twelve-year cadet, he had completed more simulations than any prime— ever.
“You are setting history,” General Estrago told him. “No one has ever made it to the current simulation you are attempting. The other Masters and I are eager to see what comes next.”
So was Aidan.
The planet Ethos is at war with a mysterious enemy known as the Splicers. Their only successful defense is the Prime Initiative. All newborns with the compatible genetic code are taken from their families and injected with the Prime Stimulus. Each child that survives the stimulus develops an extraordinary ability and is conscripted into the military for training.
After turning twelve, Aidan is moved to the upper-class at the Mount Fegorio training complex. His special gifts allow him unprecedented success in the virtual training simulations, advancing him further than any prime cadet in history. No one knows what lies after sim 299, not even Director Tuskin, the ruthless and reclusive ruler of their planet. But something, or someone, has been guiding Aidan there. If he can pass the final tests, he may discover the key to ending the Splicer War.
REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 13 years, 2 months
MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:
This book was really great! It was full of foreign words and concepts, but it was very easy to understand. The detail the author paired with the topics was great!
My favorite characters are Zana and Fig because you can tell that their banter and bickering is just a way of showing affection for each other.
My favorite part is when the General warns the group that Director Tuskins plans to humiliate and capture them. The General is sacrificing everything to help them. I don't think the group fully realizes it, but he loves them.
I like the pictures the author uses to show the types of animals.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes super-powers, friends and plenty of action.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 and up.