Thirteen boys were born at midnight in London on the stroke of the new millennium. Today twelve of them are dead. They were executed by a cult called "The People," under the leadership of a dark, ruthless man named Coron. The People have tracked down all but one of their victims and will do anything to reach their last, thirteen-year-old Adam.Read more...
Thirteen boys were born at midnight in London on the stroke of the new millennium. Today twelve of them are dead. They were executed by a cult called "The People," under the leadership of a dark, ruthless man named Coron. The People have tracked down all but one of their victims and will do anything to reach their last, thirteen-year-old Adam. Adam doesn t know he s in danger. Raised by adoptive parents, he has never known his real birthday, and he has no idea that his days are numbered. When a cult deserter named Simon tries to warn him, Adam can hardly believe what he is facing. With help from Simon, Adam and his best friend Megan dodge a double agent policeman, multiple assassination attempts, and Coron himself, while labeled a public enemy for killing in self-defense. This heart-stopping thriller saves the best for last as Adam races against the clock to prevent a spectacular disaster."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-06
- Reviewer: Staff
As a baby, Adam was almost killed by a sword-wielding member of a cult known as the People; 13 years later—it’s now 2013—they’ve tracked him down once again. The People are led by the merciless Lord Coron, who is determined to kill the 13 boys born at midnight on Jan. 1, 2000, before they turn 14; he’s already murdered 12 of them. In an isolated schoolhouse, Lord Coron manipulates his followers into believing that once Adam is dead, the “Reign of the People” can begin. After the People injure Adam’s adoptive parents and capture his childhood friend turned romantic interest, Adam and a boy who escaped the cult attempt to stop the People before they destroy London. Hoyle’s fast-paced first novel is light on character development, and the dialogue is somewhat wooden, but the omniscient narration (Adam’s adoptive parents “did not know that Adam was a millennium baby. They did not know that his death was being planned”) keeps suspense high. The ending is left unresolved, paving the way for a sequel. Ages 12–up. Agent: Gillie Russell, Aitken Alexander Associates. (May)