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From bestselling author Gordon Korman comes a thrilling new middle grade trilogy about a group of kids living in a Pleasantville-type town who discover a dark secret that connects them to some of the greatest criminal masterminds of their time.Eli Frieden lives in the most boring town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. Only thirty kids live in the idyllic town, where everFrom bestselling author Gordon Korman comes a thrilling new middle grade trilogy about a group of kids living in a Pleasantville-type town who discover a dark secret that connects them to some of the greatest criminal masterminds of their time.Eli Frieden lives in the most boring town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. Only thirty kids live in the idyllic town, where every lawn is perfectly manicured and everyone has a pool and a basketball hoop. Honesty and kindness are the backbone of the community. There is no crime in this utopia.Eli has never left town…. Why would he ever want to? But everything changes the day he and his friend Randy bike to the edge of the city limits. Eli is suddenly struck with a paralyzing headache and collapses. Almost instantly, a crew of security—or “Purple People Eaters,” as the kids call them—descend via helicopter. Eli awakens in the hospital, and the next day, Randy and his family are gone.As Eli convinces his friends Tori and Malik to help him investigate Randy’s disappearance, it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. As the clues mount to reveal a shocking discovery, the kids realize they can trust no one—least of all their own parents. So they hatch a plan for what could be the greatest breakout in history—but will they survive? And if they do, where do they go from there?This first book in a thrilling new series from the middle grade “mastermind” Gordon Korman is sure to be a hit with his myriad fans.....

Title : Masterminds
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ISBN : 9780062299963
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Masterminds Reviews

  • Rick Riordan
    2019-04-02 13:52

    As usual, Gordon Korman delivers a fast-paced, well-crafted adventure full of creative twists and surprises. Eli lives in Serenity, New Mexico, which is so perfect it seems too good to be true. Everybody has a nice house. The schools are great. There is zero crime and zero unemployment. Eli has never left his hometown, but one day he discovers something that shakes his world. Serenity is not what it seems. He and his friends can’t trust anyone – not their neighbors, definitely not their parents. This perfect little world hides a dark secret linked to some of the world’s most infamous criminal masterminds. Hooked yet? You should be! This is a perfect summer read for mystery and adventure lovers.

  • Lindsey
    2019-04-16 21:40

    So, Masterminds by Gordon Korman, an introduction to dystopia for 10-13 year olds, seems like a good idea, or not. Keep reading for the big, angry, but still important rant about a huge issue in this book, but first, a quick description. The kids in this book live in a secluded, idyllic community called Serenity in New Mexico. Every one is honest, trustworthy, law abiding and loyal. The kids study meditation and do contentment projects. And then a group of kids start to figure out that things aren't quite what they seem and their research leads them to a dark revelation. And, I mean really dark, as an adult pondering these kids' realities, I was disturbed to think about what that knowledge would do to a kid that age. I asked my almost 11 year old what he thought of it and he said he liked it, but that it was also creepy and he didn't understand it all. I'm kind of glad it didn't all really sink in for him. I know I'm being vague, but I don't want to spoil the big reveal of the book. This was the first in a new series, and while, as an adult, I did find this concept fascinating and I do want to know what happens to these kids, I cannot condone continuing with the series do to the impending rant. Ready for the rant? My #1 issue with this book...its handling of a girl and her weight. Amber is a type A personality, always doing exactly what is expected of her and living rigidly by the rules. She makes a to-do list each day of what she needs to accomplish and every day it includes at least an hour of ballet. This girl is clearly very driven. Her personality characterization is very complete, without adding her attitude toward her weight to demonstrate it. This girl is 13 years old, and she is not characterized as being petite for her size, so I have to assume she is an average height 13 year old. She on multiple occasions references being 2 pounds from her goal weight, which is irritating in itself, as no healthy and active 13 year old should be worrying about losing 2 pounds. But then, when it is revealed that she weighs 101.5 pounds and she wants to get down to 99 pounds, I about hit the roof!! I know a slim and athletic, very healthy, 13 year old girl who weighs 105 pounds. When you have that frame of reference it demonstrates even more how out of line those weight details are. I am completely flabbergasted as to why Korman felt the need to include this in his story. It is so irresponsible and I do not want a single tween girl to read this book for fear she will get ideas about her weight. Shame on you, Mr. Korman! Please think twice before you ever consider using a girl's weight for character development again!

  • Michele Knott
    2019-03-26 16:46

    Loved this book. I would have loved this as a kid, and I loved it as an adult. Mystery, suspense, adventure, hi-jinks, twists and turns. Korman has written a book with a Dan Brown-feel to it. It's smart and thoroughly enjoyable. Do you need to suspend belief? A bit but the fun of the book outweighs the disbelief. This goes on my summer recommendation list for students for sure!

  • Ms.Patterson
    2019-04-10 19:49

    YAY! It's conspiracy fiction for kids and sooooo much fun. I don't want to say too much but I giggled out loud in glee when I got to the key aspect of the conspiracy. Kids are going to love this. I'm ready for the sequel right now!

  • Sheila Beaumont
    2019-04-05 19:59

    This is a totally riveting page-turner of a conspiracy thriller for kids, in which several young teens living in an isolated, seemingly idyllic community find out that they have a shocking link to some notorious criminal masterminds. I was halfway through this book when I decided I must get hold of the two sequels immediately.

  • Ms. Yingling
    2019-04-03 20:37

    So, so good! Edelweiss has a digital ARC. review to come, but thought it was brilliant! Korman rocks!

  • William
    2019-04-20 16:36

    Ever lived in a idyllic community, these kids have. Only, the community is not so perfect? This book is an action packed mystery book. This is a very good book that has you anxious about what is going to happen next on every page. This book takes place in an idyllic community, meaning peaceful and happy, called Serenity. This is a very small town with a population barely over a hundred. Everybody that lives there have a swimming pool and a basketball hoop. All the adults have a job and nobody is homeless. Perfect place to live in right? Wrong. When one of the kids, Randy, leave unexpectedly the whole town,especially the kids are sad. Then one day Eli and Tori find a note from Randy saying that some of the kids are special and that something screwy is going on in the town. When Tori and Eli told a boy named Malik and he gives them some information about the cargo trucks sending out the Traffic Cones from The Serenity Plastic Works, the biggest building in Serenity. Malik says that the cargo trucks are the same three trucks, with the same cones in them, and that they don’t even go anywhere. This leads all three kids to believe that the Plastic Works don’t make any plastic at all and is just a big cover up for something much bigger. They make a big plan and they meet up at night by the plastic works and Malik's friend, Hector, follows him there and he gets dragged into this whole situation. Eli takes his tablet and they find out that they are tampering with the internet and only the Plastic Works has real internet. There they create a plan to break into the Plastic works while avoiding the Surety (the security guards for the plastic works). When the four kids break into the plastics works they find out that they are being watched very carefully and they are part of a secret project called project Osiris. Project Osiris is a project that makes exact clones of criminal masterminds in real life to see if they are born evil or their surroundings affect their thoughts. This is why the peaceful town of Serenity was created. Project Osiris was shut down by the government but the head scientists went on with the project making a city in the middle of nowhere that nobody know of. This is where the kids learn that their parents aren't really their parents and that all the adults have been lying to them their whole lives. They decided to try to escape from the town so that they could live there lives. Tori tells her best friend, Amber about it and she agrees to go too. They make a plan to escape from the town and they leave on something called Serenity day. They succeed and find some train tracks and hop onto a freight train headed to Colorado to find Randy. In Colorado they go to the private school and find Randy at the private school. This is where the story ends then continues onto a new book. The conflict is person vs person, because in the book five of the children are rebelling against the adults who the children found out was their enemy. The theme of the book is that nothing is perfect, because in the book the supposed perfect town of Serenity was nothing of what it seemed to be. It was the exact opposite and turned out to be sort of a prison for the cloned children. The setting adds to the conflict because Serenity is supposed to be a peaceful place where the moral codes are about honesty and integrity. This adds to the conflict because it make the kids even more enraged that Serenity is all about Honesty and the adults have been lying to them the whole time. The 1st person point of view affects the story because every chapter is a different character being the narrator. This is important in the story because it helps you understand the character more and their thoughts rather than a narrator just telling the story. I was surprised when the kids broke into the Plastic Works and found out about Project Osiris, because I had no idea that Serenity was a fabricated town. This caught me with a major twist and it added more interest to the story. I was angry about how the adults have been lying to the kids their whole lives even though they have taught kids and honor honesty. This angers me because it is hypocritical and I felt sympathetic with how the kids in the story were feeling. I rate this book four stars, because it was a great book but I did not like how it ended in a cliffhanger that continues onto another book. Otherwise the book is great and would be rated five stars. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy mystery and action books. Remember, even if something seems perfect, it never is!

  • Anthony Ryan
    2019-03-24 13:44

    I think that the book was outstanding it was intriguing and unpredictable. Gordon Korman was very good at explaining what was happening where it was taking place and how it affected everyone else in the story. The balance of action and suspense was also incredible. This book was an easy 5 stars for me.

  • Jillian Neyhart
    2019-03-29 20:45

    I really liked this book that posed an interesting question and experiment. I don't want to spoil the plot, so I'll just say that it made be curious to find out what is going to happen to these kids. I can't wait for book 2!

  • Barb Middleton
    2019-03-31 21:37

    This is one of those books that most people liked and I couldn't remember the title two days after I had read it. When that happens I sort of wonder if I was having a bad-book-reading day or jet-lag brain. I had been on a plane traveling for 20 hours so maybe the neurons were short-circuiting? Whatever the reason I found it hard to get into the beginning with all the multiple points of view, was reminded of Haddix's "Running Out of Time," in the middle and figured out quite a bit of the plot, and then was plain ole pissed at the cliffhanger ending. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers except if there is some sort of resolution. This end left me with more questions than answers. I wanted to take a bite out of the back cover and spit it out like a Doberman Pinscher. As you can see, that is NOT a healthy reaction when done reading a book. Eli Frieden lives in the town of Serenity where there is no dishonesty and everyone is kind. The thirty kids that live there have everything they want materialistically and socially, but not everyone is emotionally healthy or content. Malik thinks the town is too happy. Amber tries too hard to be perfect. Hector gets into trouble following Malik. Eli wants to explore with his friend Randy. When Randy takes Eli to see a sports car, he falls mysteriously ill ending up in the hospital. When he wakes up, Randy has moved away leaving a cryptic message as Eli uncovers the mysteries of Serenity with his friends.The beginning character development has many different points of view. I thought this sacrificed depth keeping me from identifying or caring about any of the characters. Eli seems to be the main one I was supposed to get hooked with but he was sort of boring and his internal thoughts too few and far between. Normally, I like Gordon Korman's character development. I think it is a strength of his, but this crew was too forgettable for me.The plot had some twists, some conveniences, and some unbelievable parts. The start was slow as all the characters are introduced but then the action picks up and goes gung-ho. There is an adult that helps the kids, but it is unclear how much she knows about what is going on in Serenity. She added an interesting element to the plot that isn't resolved in the end. The main twist is a great premise and once that was revealed toward the story's end, I was really interested. I think the sequel will be much more engaging because it will address the origins of why the kids in Serenity are "special." At least that seems to be the direction the plot will go.Gordon Korman is coming to our school next week. I am going to quick read, "Swindle," so I can gush about a book. The students love that one and "Gifted." This one fell short for me, but I am interested in the sequel. Although if it is written with a cliffhanger ending... well, just picture me chomping on the book.

  • Matthew Largo
    2019-03-26 21:37

    Masterminds was a good book overall. It had action/adventure and mystery to the book, which I really like. The story takes place in a peaceful town in New Mexico called Serenity. There is no criminal activity in Serenity-it is always peaceful. One day Eli and his friend Randy go out bike riding past the Serenity border-line and Eli gets pretty sick, but Randy doesn't. This leads to Randy's department, him leaving Serenity. Randy leaves a note behind saying something screwy was happening in Serenity and there were "special kids." This leads to Eli, Tori, Malik, Hector, and Amber to figure out where Randy was departed to and what was screwy.Eli is doing his Serenity day project on the Boston Tea Party late at night during a thunderstorm. He reads on an article that the British people and Americans sit down, have tea, and discuss matters. Lightning strikes around his house, and when he looks back down on his iPad, he sees a whole new article saying that the Americans dressed as Mohawk Indians and dumped tea into the ocean, which leads him to thinking that they are not being told everything.When Eli, Tori, and Hector break into the Plastic Works Factory, they find that they are not human, but clones of evil mastermind geniuses. They then find out that there parents are not their parents and there are some not "special kids" in town. They soon try and escape and get horribly sick again, which leads them to believe there is a chip inside them that sends a wireless signal whenever they get past the border of Serenity to make them sick. Then they think of an escape plan.I would recommend this book to people who like action/adventure and mystery.

  • Violet
    2019-04-12 18:47

    This is hands down probably my favorite novel of all time. The book is written so well, and THE CHARACTERS! I could go on and on about these characters as if I know them in real life. My favorites though have to be:Tori (I could relate to her so much)Hector (How could you not love this sweet little cinnamon roll?)and Amber (I don't know why, but I really like her scary, crazy, impulsive side)If you are a fan of Gordon Korman, The Truman Show, The Giver, Divergent, or The Maze Runner, then you'll love this book.THINGS THAT GAVE ME FEELS (Yeah...that's gonna be a thing now):-ELI'S DEVASTATION WHEN RANDY MOVES AWAY-TORI COMFORTING ELI AT THE GOING AWAY PARTY-AMBER AND MALIK'S ARGUING-HEEECCCCTOOOORRRRRR (FROM THE VALUABLE TO THE DEATH SCENE)-TORI WANTING TO HUG ELI, BUT STAYING BACK-ELI AND TORI FINDING RANDY'S LETTER-ELI AND MRS. DELANEY'S FRIENDSHIP-AMBER CONFIRMING THAT TORI IS BREWING A CRUSH ON ELI-THE KIDS LEARNING ABOUT PROJECT OSIRIS-MALIK CRYING WHEN HE THOUGHT HECTOR DIED-AMBER PUTTING A HAND ON HIS SHOULDER WHEN HE WAS CRYING-RANDY SMIRKING AND SAYING, "Hey, I see you've found my note."OKAY, OKAY I'll address the issue some people have been having with this book:Amber being obsessed with her weightI think maybe the reason I don't have a HUGE problem with this is because she wants to lose weight, but she's going about it in the right way. I would have a really big problem with it if she was starving herself to lose weight, but she isn't. She's eating right and exercising.So, uh, yeah...

  • Leigh Anne
    2019-04-23 14:36

    This book is classic Gordon Korman! It is an adventure story with a plot twist you would never imagine. If you have not read this yet, I highly encourage you to move it up on your list. Brilliant...just brilliant!

  • Michelle Simpson
    2019-04-20 19:46

    I can't believe I missed reading this one until now! This is a fantastic book full of interesting characters, along with action and suspense. The audio version contains different voices for various characters and provides a great listening experience.

  • Mrs. Geraty
    2019-04-03 14:54

    Wow, a great read! I can't wait to discuss this one. Gordon Korman isn't my fave author by any means, but this book was a riveting sci-Fi novel. I think young readers will be fascinated by the idea of living in a society that isn't as it seems.

  • Bea Elwood
    2019-04-17 21:36

    Even better the second time...Nov. 22, 2015 I think Korman is one of the best young adult writers out there. Sure it took six hours to read this book but I hardly noticed the time it was so absorbing

  • Julie Johnson
    2019-03-26 20:43

    Wow!The suspense in This book kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. This is definitely being added to my classroom library.

  • Shawn Schwerman
    2019-04-20 18:58

    Great start to the series, already bought the second one. Wonderful concept

  • Terri Haynes
    2019-03-27 16:38

    I really enjoyed this book. Good character development and the mystery and plot twist was nicely done.

  • Danielle Norris
    2019-04-05 18:45

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!! If you have a middle grade student.... run as fast as you can and buy this book, if you love middle grade books, run...I attended a webinar by the Junior Library Guild about books to read over the summer. The third book of the trilogy was on that list, and of course as every reader knows you have to start at the beginning of any series or trilogy. I ordered the first two books because they were both in paperback. I devoured this book, The only reason I did not read it in 5 straight hours is because, a) I needed to sleep. and b) it got a little intense a couple of times and I had to put it down.The premise of the book is the reason I wanted to read it. These children live in a town with no crime whatsoever... then things start to go a little crazy. Honestly I do not want to tell you about any plot points, spoiler or not because experiencing it as they experience it is a rush. I will tell you that it is Pleasantville/ Truman Show/ 1984/ Are you intrigued? You should be.I will say this, it ends with a cliffhanger and if I did not already have the second book, I would have thrown the book across the room.... That is cruel to a reader. I can hear authors everywhere cackling in delight when they do it to us. It was bad enough I couldn't dive right into the new one because I had to go to work. I will be ordering the third book of the trilogy as soon as I finish this review, I just pray it truly is only a trilogy and I will not end the week in utter devastation at being left with a cliffhanger and no other book in sight.The book has great adventure, with both girls and boys having a part of the story... There will be no questions of is it a girl book or a boy book.... (although I am always telling them books don't have a gender) It has intrigue and technology and moral questions galore... I am gushing... and rambling, I love this book.I am ashamed to admit that this is the very first Gordon Korman book I have read... I assure you it won't be the last. I already told my book vendor to add every book of his to my list, hopefully come fall I will have a bunch. Do you think I could convince some teachers to read these books to their classes? I will have to try.

  • Jashan
    2019-03-24 19:56

    This book is not what it seems... in the beginning, you think you know what the story is going to be and you say, "Huh, interesting," but by the end, you're saying, "I want to read MORE." Get ready for some unexpected twists and turns. This book was fun to read, and I can't wait to get the next one. I would recommend this to any long-time Gordon Korman readers, fans sci-fi - realistic fiction, and anyone who wants to sit down and read some good adventure.

  • Penny McGill
    2019-04-19 18:50

    I'm fond of Gordon Korman and approach each book that he writes with so much anticipation and excitement that it almost isn't fair. How can he compete with the wonderful things he has written before? Am I just setting myself up for disappointment and an eternal desire to return to Macdonald Hall? Where or where are Bruno and Boots?Well the first book in this series knocked my socks off. I couldn't stop talking about it. I'm sure my kids think that they don't need to read it now that they have listened to me talk about it so much. The masterminds in this book refer to the children and how they solve a question that turns into a concern that turns into a conspiracy that just rocks their world and absolutely shocked me. I love any book that has an ensemble cast of kids - several strong personalities to love - and forces them to work together. This one has that strength and allows each of their diverse approaches to a problem (such a problem that I can't tell you about because you need to experience it firsthand) to help them to shine. They are 13 and 14 year old kids living in a Utopian town in the middle of the desert in the U.S. Some are bright, some are aggravating teacher's pets, some are skateboarding risk takers and each one of them draws you in through the chapters they narrate. I loved them all and felt they were given even attention by Korman and by the story.The pace of the book was just fantastic until the last chapter or two where it seemed to speed up unnecessarily. I think that I was feeling just about ready for the situation to be resolved in this book and hadn't gotten the idea that it would be a series until that point. Once I came to that conclusion it seemed as if Korman was leading us to a cliff hanger and I was prepared for that. An actual cliff hanging would not have been a surprise based on the tension and danger he packs into this book. 5 stars for sure. Put it on hold for fans of Gordon Korman's books, fans of the 39 Clues or the Genius Files. It's funny and it's slightly terrifying. Perfect choice.

  • Brady Meier
    2019-04-14 18:38

    Masterminds Never ending pain seems like it is just spreading all over the kids minds. This is what they feel because they know they have been mistreated. For 12-14 years the teens have been living a life of harmony and contentment but this all changes when they learn that their parents have been keeping secrets from them their whole life. The names of the kids are Malik, Eli, Amber, Tori, and Hector. As this book continues they learn more about themselves, like that they are clones of bad criminals and that they have been studied for years. This makes them angry and they won’t stop until they seek revenge. In this 300 page 1st book of a three book long wonderful series the kids learn more about how they have been betrayed by their parents. Along with this topic comes amazing detail. The author (Gordon Korman) makes every chapter feel like your there riding right along with the kids in the story. The descriptions are so good that it practically feels like your watching a movie about the teens even though you’re not. The setting is in a small town in a place called Serenity. Serenity is in New Mexico. In Serenity there are trees and parks everywhere. Everything is tidy and clean. There are also usually pools at every house, all the houses look alike, everybody is so nice, and all the houses have basketball hoops. Also one more thing, every parent is a scientist and they are there to watch the kids. Overall this was an amazing book that really showed the great and awesome writing skills this author has and how they contribute sooooooooo much to this story and it’s fellow books in it’s series. The detail is great and so is the setting. These are my reason of to why you should read this book.

  • Jackie
    2019-04-07 14:45

    Eli Frieden and his friends in Serenity, New Mexico are living the happy, pampered life, that on the surface of things, seems ideal. Yet, they never leave, not even for a day trip, vacation, or school field trip. Something keeps them within the confines of this isolated community....why would anyone want to leave, their parents tell them, everything we would want or need is here. Yet, one day, as Eli and his best friend try to go beyond the city limits, something strange and foreboding happens. That's when Eli becomes suspicious of this utopia they call home. Eli convinces four other friends, Malik, Tori, Amber, and Hector, to start a clandestine investigation into the odd and strange behavior that, previous to the event, was normal, but now....questions arise. What they find is something beyond their wildest dreams. The clues that they follow lead them to something utterly sinister and evil...and the kids in Serenity are at the heart of it all. Now, who do they trust with this information? Certainly not any adult in Serenity. Masterminds is full of heart-pumping suspense and takes the reader on a dangerous adventure...one in which five kids are running for their lives, literally. Not sure what they'll find out in the real world, but they are determined to find out what their lives really mean. Not to mention bringing their existence to mean more than merely serenity. This has to be one of Korman's best reads. It is a thriller that will have the reader turning pages with abandon, both wanting the story to go faster and not wanting it to end. Clearly, there is a sequel, since the kids barely make it out alive, yet what they find is almost unfathomable. A great-read aloud for its heart-pumping adventure and classic good vs. evil intent.

  • Bryan Murdock
    2019-04-22 15:59

    Started listening to this with the kids on a recent road trip and after the road trip ended I just had to finish. It's an interesting plot with some serious ideas presented at a reasonable kid level. It kept me guessing most of the way, which was fun.It fell apart for me near the end and I'll hide this because of spoilers: (view spoiler)[You just can't jump off of a truck moving 70 mph and then get up and hike through a forest for the next 24 hours and then jump onto a moving train (even if it luckily contains all the gatorade you can drink for your recovery). There had to be at least a couple broken bones there, not to mention some serious road rash. The story lots its believability for me there. (hide spoiler)]Huge cliff hanger ending so I might still have to read the sequel.The narrators for the audiobook were great. It's told in 1st person from the point of several of the main characters, each taking turns, and different actors do each character. When Malik does voices for the girls, it's hilarious, and perfectly in character for him. Maybe I shouldn't admit that I thought it was funny :-)

  • Andrew D
    2019-04-05 15:34

    The book I just finished is called Masterminds. Over all I thought this was a really good book. It was pretty confusing at the beginning for me, but you might be able to understand it better. So it took me till page 50 to truly understand what was happening. So in this book there is a town called Serenity in New Mexico. In this town everyone thinks it's absolutely amazing, everything is perfect. They don't even have to lock the doors at night. When all of the sudden a little bike ride with some friends changes everything. What they find out on that bike ride was something no one could ever even imagine. What I like about this book is that keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, with plenty of plot twist! In this book you feel little confused, relieved, happy, sad, and any other emotions you can think of. If you like the mystery or Science Fiction type of books you would love this book, it is also kind of spy themed. This book also reminds me of Divergent and The Hunger Games.

  • Jan
    2019-04-07 19:43

    This is the best book to come from this author in a while. I very much enjoyed the whole big reveal because it's a good one, but I won't give it away if you haven't read it yet. Life in Serenity, New Mexico reminded me a bit of the movies The Truman Show and Pleasantville because of the way everything was so perfect (and also boring). Every family lives in a beautiful house, all adults have great jobs, and the children are happy and healthy and go to a wonderful school. No one lacks for anything. Life is good. Life is perfect. Maybe a little too perfect. A few events happen that cause some of the children to start noticing that all is not as it seems in Serenity. Some things are just not adding up. Time for those kids to band together and do a little detective work.I'm happy to know that this book is the first in a planned series? trilogy? Not exactly sure. But I do know that there is at least one more book, which is good since this one ended on kind of a cliffhanger. I'm definitely looking forward to however many books come next.

  • Katy Romanowski
    2019-04-09 20:46

    "Masterminds" is a science fiction book that I really enjoyed reading. The main characters Eli, Amber, Tori ,Malik and Hector live the perfect lives in the perfect town called Serenity. Lying is something unacceptable in the little town however, sometimes what you have known for your whole life can turn out to be false. I really liked the author's way of writing this book. I don't read science fiction books, nor do they interest me however this book got my attention right away. One thing I did not like about the book is how the ending ended with a cliffhanger, which makes you want to read the second book. Overall I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good book. I rate this story a 5. The characters, scene and problems made the book a must read. The characters are well created and have the reader feeling a connection with them during the entire story.

  • Sara
    2019-04-22 21:46

    One of the downfalls of reading on a ereader is that you don't always pay attention to how much of the book you have left. Without the physical reminder of dwindling pages, an ending can sneak up on you. I had that happen with this book. When the end hit I thought, "NO!! I want to know what happens next!" Surprisingly meatier than I thought it would be, this book had a good blend of adventure, dystopian society, and science fiction. Korman's stories are always well put together and this was no exception. The characters balance each other out and rotating between points of view enhances the reader's sense of being one of "the special kids" It's you (and Tori, Eli, Malik, and Hector) against everyone else. I will definitely be recommending this book to my students and purchasing the rest of the series for the library. They will love it.

  • Gianna Amundsen
    2019-04-05 21:41

    Masterminds, by Gordon Korman is a fantastic book to read for anyone who enjoys Sci-Fi. I rated it a 5 because it kept me intrigued throughout the whole book. Eli and his friends find out interesting facts about their town, and their parents that they would've never guessed if it wasn't for Randy Hardaway. The kids go on a journey to get to the bottom of what was going on in their perfect town of Serenity. The author came up with a wonderful plot and setting, I think this book was wonderfully written. Each character was unique in his or her own way, and no character was like the next. The idea of the story was fascinating and wasn't like anything I've read before. To sum it up, it was a great story that I enjoyed, and it is definitely worth reading.