Prodigy

By Dave Kalstein
Read by Paul Michael Garcia

12.85 Hours 01/01/2007 unabridged
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In the year 2036, the world’s best boarding school is the Stansbury School. The students, better known as specimens, are screened at a young age and then given twelve years of the finest education—and developmental drug regimen—available. Graduates go on to dominate in all the top colleges, Forbes 500 companies, and government positions. But when several alumni are murdered, school officials decide to keep the police in the dark. They discreetly ask the school’s valedictorian to solve the mystery, but he discovers that the most obvious culprit, the school’s chemically-imbalanced delinquent—and his own nemesis—is being framed. Together, the two unlikely allies uncover a massive conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the Stansbury administration and the United States government.

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Summary

Summary

In the year 2036, the world’s best boarding school is the Stansbury School. The students, better known as specimens, are screened at a young age and then given twelve years of the finest education—and developmental drug regimen—available. Graduates go on to dominate in all the top colleges, Forbes 500 companies, and government positions.

But when several alumni are murdered, school officials decide to keep the police in the dark. They discreetly ask the school’s valedictorian to solve the mystery, but he discovers that the most obvious culprit, the school’s chemically-imbalanced delinquent—and his own nemesis—is being framed. Together, the two unlikely allies uncover a massive conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the Stansbury administration and the United States government.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kalstein’s writing mirrors the world he creats: bold, textured, rife with dark secrets. Watching the ambitious boy genius and the angst-ridden thug piecing together the clues—about a conspiracy, about themselves—makes Prodigy a wonderful coming-of-age story hidden inside a riveting mystery.” Dustin Thomason, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Rule of Four
“Kalstein’s action-packed comment on the price of ‘progress,’ the absurdity of hypercompetitive education, and the myth of meritocracy hurtles to a satisfying…conclusion.” Publishers Weekly
“Narrator Paul Michael Garcia is at his best giving gravity and emotion to the voices of the valedictorian, the punk, the misfit, and the brainy beauty, who band together to solve the murders. Kalstein weaves biting dystopian discourse with teen romance to create likable characters and a surprising, moving epilogue.” AudioFile
“Engrossing…The book is so well imagined that one cares about the school’s fate from the start. And the characters are vivid as well, befitting what is, beneath its fast-paced surface, a thoughtful novel about boarding-school life.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Dave Kalstein

Dave Kalstein became a film writer and director working out of Hollywood after getting kicked out of several prep schools. His first novel, Prodigy, is based on a short film he made in 2003.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English