I was sent an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Book: The Classmate
Author: Will Mcintosh
Publication Date: June 21, 2022
Genre: Middle Grade, Sci-Fi
Thirteen-year-old Benjamin is pulled from his old life and forced to attend a special boarding school in the middle of nowhere. That’s confusing enough. Then, he’s fed instructions through an earbud and thrown into etiquette classes alongside an angry, spike-covered creature. Despite wearing purple dresses and having the unassuming name of Eve, the creature is horrifying and, as Eve quickly demonstrates, dangerous.
With the help of his new friends Lorena and Persephone, Ben must overcome his own anxieties and uncover the truth about Eve’s origin. But he learns that the school’s agenda is much bigger than he ever thought possible. Ben needs to earn Eve’s trust, and fast. The fate of the world depends on it.
This story gives a message of acceptance. As it is for middle-grade readers, accepting everyone is very important and this book covered that. It also talked about anxiety disorder which I felt that could have been gelled into the story naturally but it was mentioned separately. As it is set in a fantasy world, it was interesting to read about the topics covered.
Coming to the plot line, it could have been more developed, although the world-building was done well, the story plot wasn’t in-depth. At first, it went slow, but it was a quick read as I went into the story. There could have been more character development as well. Overall it is a good story about friendship, adventure, and acceptance.
As this was a middle-grade book, It is suitable for them as they will like the characters and the story’s world! They will learn a lot of values with some interesting adventures!