This book is incredible! I've never been one for long reviews, and I don't want to spoil anyone's fun, so I won't say too much. Some Christian parents may shrink from allowing their kids to read a book with an ominous cover that says "Nightmare Academy". Their fears are probably not helped by the short synoposis on the back, telling of Alvin Rogers, a fifteen year old boy who's lost his mind. Yet, as you read and the story unfolds, you see the message, that is so simple yet so potent: Without truth, there is nothing.
Reading the first few paragraphs(which you can acsess for the most part on this website), you get a look into the mind of Alvin Rogers once all truth has been erased from his mind. I won't give it away, but I'll quickly make up my own character and give you his short story to illustrate what happens in this book:
Micheal Brubaker is an ordinary thirteen year old. Ordinary, except that he's a runaway. He's picked up by a friendly woman, who guides him to the Light of Day youth shelter. He accepts her friendly offer of a summer academy, a cross between summer camp and summer school. He goes to bed in the shelter, and wakes up in the Knight-Moore academy, where he is led to believe that there is no truth. Suddenly, with no truth, he realizes nothing is certain. He turns to walk down a stairway behind him and finds that he is in outer space. He ducks back into the game room only to discover he is in prison and chained, yet he can't feel the chains. The colors of everything are shifting and whirring, and his enviorment changes. He shouts for help but can't hear himself. He starts running but can't move.
That is what life is like without truth. Without any truth at all, you can walk out your front door and find you're in a desert. You turn around to look at your house only to find that there is just a giant termite mound. All in all, this book is awesome. Read it!