Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Review of 'Obedience' by Will Lavender

"When the students in Winchester University's Logic and Reasoning 204 arrive for their first day of class, they are greeted not with a syllabus or texts, but with a startling assignment from Professor Williams: Find a hypothetical missing girl named Polly. If after being given a series of clues and details the class has not found her before the end of the term in six weeks, she will be murdered.

At first the students are as intrigued by the premise of their puzzle as they are wary of the strange and slightly creepy Professor Williams. But as they delve deeper into the mystery, they begin to wonder: Is the Polly story simply a logic exercise, designed to teach them rational thinking skills, or could it be something more sinister and dangerous?

The mystery soon takes over the lives of three students as they find disturbing connections between Polly and themselves. Characters that were supposedly fictitious begin to emerge in reality. Soon, the boundary between the classroom assignment and the real world becomes blurred-- and the students wonder if it is their own lives they are being asked to save."

A very interesting read indeed... this book kept me thinking the entire time. I tried to use my own logic and reasoning in order to figure out just what happened to this Polly in the assignment.
Not only that, but the story and the characters within it really kept me on my toes. Every time they thought something-- came up with a theory-- they would follow that lead and present their theory next time they had class. Sometimes they would be right, other times, they would be hopelessly wrong and they would have to go back to the drawing board.

As I neared the end of the story, everything started to explode. Mary and Brian were being told one thing and then another, and sometimes it wouldn't make sense, or it took a while to wrap their head around what they had been told.

I liked that this book was very psychological. They're my favorites! The ending was surprising and... yes, it was just an interesting way to wrap everything up.

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