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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Allie wanted nothing more than to start her life properly. But in The Academie by Amy Joy and CN James, society has decided that all people only become adults at the age of 22 and, up until then, they need to be locked away at the Academie. After all, young people commit crimes. And while they are in some sort of boarding school, they won't be able to do anything bad. Allie's dreams are shattered, and she seems to be the only one who does not like the idea of going back to school. But then she meets other people, among them a girl who has been separated from her newborn baby. Allie also finds a way to the outside, and notices strange things during her trips. Something about the Academie is not right - but of course, the people on the top would not want a mere kid finding out the truth.
The Academie by Amy Joy and CN James is based on an interesting idea that will be familiar to some (no spoilers here), and it takes quite a while to understand what the big problem is with the Academie. Readers won't be smug after a few pages and then say "Ha, I knew it." Some might, most won't! This is great because it also keeps you guessing, and hoping that Allie will be able to see her mysterious boyfriend again. The characters are intriguing and interact in a believable manner. You get to follow Allie while she explores the area, while she makes a bit of a fool of herself, and while she turns into some kind of hero. It is interesting to see her development and see what else will be happening with her, because once the secret is revealed, something will have to be done about it. I assume there will be a second book about Allie.