Johnny Cockit accidently murdered a man when he was ten years old, which is why he was sent to Sonoran Correctional High School, a gender-segregated boarding school located in Phoenix, Arizona. Two months before graduation, Johnny and his friends are drugged and abducted by Walnut Cherryville secret watchers during an afternoon counseling session. Making decisions about the future has never felt important until the students are forced to work in a remote produce factory owned by the vengeful Quinton family. Walnut Cherryville is no ordinary factory; it’s the Quintons’ futuristic desert village governed by the principle that people live better-quality lives when they don’t make their own decisions. To ease the burden of life’s basic yet complicated choices, the government limits misdirection by choosing every citizen’s career path and lifestyle. Johnny and his friends plot an escape but must avoid being recaptured because abandonment of the village is a crime punishable by death. In a scandalous turn of events narrated by Johnny and his delinquent friends Vincent, Laura, and Collins, they discover that the reason they were captured roots back to an ancient family feud between the Cockit and Quinton families.
Due to strong sexuality, this book is intended for young adults ages 14 and up.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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“Welcome to Walnut Cherryville.”
This was a story about a group of teenagers getting kidnapped, and taken to a place called Walnut Cherryville, where the idea was that they were given jobs and taught to live in a peaceful society.
We had several main characters in this book, and we found out more about each of them as the story went along. I found this a bit confusing at first, until I realised that each chapter was a different point of view!
The storyline in this was partly about the kids trying to escape Walnut Cherryville, and partly about the awful things that went on there, such as corporal punishment in the form of electric chairs and such.
The ending to this had a bit of a paranormal twist which I wasn’t expecting.
6 out of 10