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1 Jun 2012
Welcome to Newton, the perfect town...Where kids get perfect grades...And everyone seems perfectly happy - all the time...Except Newcomer Henry Ward isn't buying it. With a pair of misfit friends, he's determined to expose the dark secrets lurking behind Newton's bright facade. But asking questions about Newton and the corporation that owns it can be dangerous. The doctors in the sinister medical centre on the hill have a procedure called "adjustment" for kids who don't fit in...And Henry and his friends have just gone to the top of the waiting list.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (1 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409540537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409540533
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 506,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Taylor was born in New Zealand and grew up in East Anglia. He studied English Literature at Sheffield University and then teaching at Cambridge. He has spent the last ten years working as a teacher in England, South Korea, Poland and Australia, where he now lives with his partner and their two dogs. Andrew's first book, Meteorite Strike, won the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award and was also shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly impressive 27 July 2012
Received the proof copy from publishers last month but it took a really long time for me to get round to reading, but when I did I enjoyed it rather a lot.
The story, almost like a Stepford Wives but for kids, was incredibly interesting and the tension was building throughout. This was a book that I ended up reading while walking down the street because I was just so desperate to know what was going to happen to these characters! The action scenes were written with immense precision and class, the dialogue so truthful and realistic and the majority of the characters were very well thought out, particularly Christian (who I wish we could've seen more of).

The ending left a little to be desired. Rather than ending the book outright, there was an epilogue that worked as a set up for a 2nd book which, in all honesty, they do NOT need. If you read it, you'll understand.

The main character, Henry ward, originally came across as a little bit dense, untrusting and, at times, sort of whiny, as if he was almost looking for a reason to get into trouble. His motivation was a little bit shallow based on the evidence he received. However, he slowly grows on you and you become caught up in his story and you feel for him quite a bit as he becomes something of a hero.

I would definitely recommend this to someone because, on the whole, it was enjoyable. Probably to be read by 11+, early teens perhaps too as there are some scenes of mild horror and violence within it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whoop whoop, 5 ***** 28 Dec 2012
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This book is the BEST book ever!!! It's so gripping I just couldn't put it down, and I finished it it 1 day!! It's a bit violent, but simply unique n AMAZING!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Same name, but a different Andrew Taylor 29 Dec 2012
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This appears to be a book for children.
I'd have enjoyed it very much fifty years ago, but it's not solid enough for adults.

My purpose in writing this review is to alert readers to the mistake which I made. I mistook the author for the Andrew Taylor who wrote the excellent "Roth Trilogy" and the beautifully-drawn Lydmouth series.

Judging by the brief biographical note at the end of the book, "The Adjusters" is by a different author -- same name, but a different Andrew Taylor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A touch of John Wyndham 5 Nov 2012
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Henry is a hero in the making, though not in the conventional sense. The rebellious teenager is forced to join his Mother (widowed) as she seeks employment somewhere beyond the proverbial black stump.

Everything is perfect in Newton - not!

I'm not sure this book is for teenagers as it has its graphic moments - in gory detail - but this aging teenager thoroughly enjoyed the roller coaster that was Henry's ride to fame.

The writing style has a touch of John Wyndham about it (and that is a complement) with its skilful crafting of plot-twists and turns-yet not overly complicating things with too many characters and sub-plots.

This is my first Andrew Taylor ebook and it will not be my last. Not a formatting issue in site is a bonus. Peter Eerden
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1.0 out of 5 stars A book for younger readers 27 Feb 2013
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Unfortunately, I thought I had found an Andrew Taylor novel that I had not read. Instead I found another Andrew Taylor who obviously writes for young teens. Even for those so young, it was a very simple read and predictable.
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