Synopses & Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Blake has always been the responsible one in his dysfunctional family -- the one who drives safely, gets good grades, and looks after his wild younger brother, Quinn. Quinn is his brother's opposite -- a thrill-seeker who's always chasing the next scary rush, no matter what the cost. But Quinn and Blake are in for the surprise of their lives when they're thrust into the world of a bizarre phantom carnival -- and their souls are the price of admission.
In order to save his brother, and himself, Blake must survive seven different carnival rides before dawn. Seven rides...it sounds easy. But each ride is full of unexpected dangers, because each ride is a reflection of one of Blake's deepest fears. And the last ride is the worst one of all. Because that's the one that confronts Blake with a terrifying secret from his past -- a secret he's been running from for years.
Full of roller-coaster twists and turns, Neal Shusterman's latest page-turner is an Orpheus-like adventure into one boy's psyche.
KLIATT A roller coaster ride of a book.
Booklist A surreal, scary fantasy, packed with suspenseful psychological drama. Readers will savor the page-turning thrills in this wonderfully eerie story.
School Library Journal An unusual quest adventure.
From the author of "Downsiders" comes the story of two boys thrust into the world of a bizarre phantom carnival--and their souls are the price of admission. "A surreal, scary fantasy."--"Booklist."
Sixteen-year-old Blake and his younger brother, Quinn, are exact opposites. Blake is the responsible member of the family. He constantly has to keep an eye on the fearless Quinn, whose thrill-seeking sometimes goes too far. But the stakes get higher when Blake has to chase Quinn into a bizarre phantom carnival that traps its customers forever.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In order to escape, Blake must survive seven deadly rides by dawn, each of which represents a deep, personal fear -- from a carousel of stampeding animals to a hall of mirrors that changes people into their deformed reflections. Blake ultimately has to face up to a horrible secret from his own past to save himself and his brother -- that is, if the carnival doesn't claim their souls first!
About the Author
is the author of many novels for young adults, including Unwind
, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers; The Skinjacker Trilogy; and Downsiders
, which was nominated for twelve state reading awards. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows such as Animorphs
. The father of four children, Neal lives in southern California. Visit him at StoryMan.com.