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The Academy: Book 1 (English Edition) von [Leito, Chad]
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Every six months, 450 fifteen-year-olds are kidnapped from their homes across the world. These kidnappings happen in the span of a week, as reliable as clockwork. The victims don’t know each other, or their kidnappers. The fifteen-year-olds either end up with a ‘missing persons’ file gathering dust in a filing cabinet, or they are assumed dead. No one ever discovers what happens to them. The families move on, forever missing their lost loved one. Unknown to them, their child, grandchild, or sibling, has been taken to the Academy.

The Academy, as its members will boast, is the most secretive, powerful organization in the world. The workings of the organization are revealed on a need-to-know basis, and the organization has decided that no one, other than its most trusted members, need to know its true business. Outsiders don’t even know it exists. Occasionally, a hunter or hiker will stumble upon the Academy’s remote location. They are quickly taken care of.

When Asa Palmer, age fifteen, is out running in the woods behind his house, he is taken. Twelve hours later, after being tied and bound, and transported through an underground train station, he finds himself amidst a series of beautifully crafted structures that rest in between a circle of five secluded mountains. He has been chosen as a candidate for the Academy. Each six months, the Academy kidnaps more recruits than they can actually use. For Asa Palmer to live he must undergo body-altering mutations and compete with his cohorts in a series of dangerous and strategy ridden tasks to prove that he is worthy of the Academy’s time.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2961 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 462 Seiten
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00BT29504
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen 4 Kundenrezensionen
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I am only half done so I might still change my mind.
First: The book has quite a few grammar and spelling or word errors. If that bothers you read something else.
The science doesn't make much sense, but that isn't unusual. Just treat it like magic.
The main problem is that it isn't very well written which is why I couldn't give it more than 3 stars.

But anyway I mainly came here because something annoyed me and it is an (in my opinion minor) SPOILER:
Is the MC completely incapable of listening? They have talked about his father to him and in front of him. He even remembers that his mother thinks the crows come from his father (though at least that was long ago) and he already noticed that the crows were probably from the academy. But he seems to be completely oblivious to it. I think one of the earlier instances he brushed it of as his father just being a truck driver, but you would think, that he would at least think about the new information.
Also I know he finds his love interest beautiful, now please vary the adjectives you use to describe her a bit or don't use them so damn often.
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Diese Story ist mal etwas anderes. Der Schreibstil ist gut, die Story originell. Die Fähigkeiten der Protagonisten können z.B. "hinzukaufen" vergrößert/verbessert werden Ich hoffe sehr auf eine Fortsetzung.
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Von Videye am 16. November 2013
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Auch wenn das Buch wahrscheinlich ein Stück weit jüngeres Publikum (Teenager) adressieren soll, war ich doch erstaunt, wie gut ich es fand.

Die Geschichte ist spannend erzählt und wirkt unverbraucht. Ich hatte nicht das Gefühl, das in den letzten 100 Büchern schon zehnmal gelesen zu haben. Am Anfang brauchte ich ein wenig, um mich in die Handlung hinein zu finden.

Der Schreibstil hat mich manchmal an Bücher von Stephen King erinnert. Vielleicht gab es da inszenatorische Anleihen. Vielleicht war das aber auch nur mein Eindruck beim Lesen.

Nicht vollkommen perfekt für mich, finde ich den Inhalt aber fesselnd genug für 4 Sterne.
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Die ideen im buch, mit den genetischen "aktivierungen" fand ich sehr faszinierend. Eigentlich nicht so mein genre, fand das buch aber sehr gut. Schade nur das es keine fortsetzung geben soll, soweit ich es verstehe, aber man kann ja hoffen! Sehr gut, hat meine empfehlung!
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HASH(0x9d388090) von 5 Sternen Unexpected 4. Mai 2013
Von Thomas J. Kosar Jr. - Veröffentlicht auf
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First, I am just going to say that this review is for both books. You really can't just stop at book one anyway, and I don't feel like posting the same review twice. I was not expecting the story to go the route it did, and I have to say it was refreshing and intriguing. At the beginning I did say to myself a few times "well where is this going?" but in the end I'm glad I stuck with it. There is something about the writing that pulls you into the main character's experience and makes it relatable. You completely feel the awkwardness of the "fishies" dormitory processing, flashing back to the first time you ever had to get a physical, or the awkwardness of your first locker room-type experience. The whole no speaking for the first week... I realized I was nervous about talking or making a noise myself. In fact, I still feel a hesitation before I say something. The books were a nice, easy read. However, there is one reason I did not give the books 5 stars. These books are in desperate need of a proofread. It was kind of like reading that school term paper that you have read a million times and can't find anything wrong with it until you read it again after you've turned it in and are appalled at all the errors you didn't catch. There were their/there errors, missing words, missing letters in a few words, and parts where you could tell the author was going to say something one way, but changed it and left an extra word from the original way. Now I know it sounds horrible, but even with the errors it doesn't really affect the flow of the books or your ability to read them. I think maybe I had to reread a sentence or two again only a few times. If someone says he/she just couldn't possibly continue reading the book because of all the errors, he or she is just being a stickler and dramatic and needs to get over his or herself. The books are a fun journey regardless of the errors and you would be missing out if you decided not to read them for that reason. Besides, I like the idea of the proceeds going to charity. Maybe someone can help the author out and donate their proof reading services.
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HASH(0x9d38f648) von 5 Sternen Shockingly bad in some ways, and astonishingly good in others. 13. Februar 2014
Von M. - Veröffentlicht auf
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Apologies in advance: this is going to be long.

I borrowed this book from Amazon's lending library, and it's a good thing I did.

Not because it was horrible, but because had I simply downloaded the sample, I probably wouldn't have bought the whole thing. And had I bought it outright, I would have felt obliged to come to a quick decision (before the return window of opportunity expired) and I would have returned it.

Man, it had its problems. To put it succinctly, It was not professional enough.

The long answer is that it has both artistic problems - obvious questions aren't always answered, the writing could be tightened considerably, and there were sometimes better ways of accomplishing what he was trying to do - as well as a whole boatload of grammatical/syntactical errors.

There were enough of those last that I finally began taking note, mostly for curiosity's sake. Now, understand, I didn't start paying real attention until well into the story, and these errors were found when I wasn't reading with the intention of finding mistakes. In other words, there are undoubtedly many more than I highlighted.

Such as:
-"peaked" rather than "peeked"
-"frost bite" rather than "frostbite"
-"Little Debby" instead of "Little Debbie" (referring to the brand)
-"curve ... the crisis" rather than "curb the crisis"
-"Santa Clause" instead of "Santa Claus"
-"Satin" instead of "Satan"
-"4o" instead of "40" (that's the letter O, in case it's not clear)
-Several instances of "busses" instead of "buses"
-"Slight of hand" rather than "Sleight of hand"
-"Congradulations" instead of "congratulations"
-"The M's" rather than "the Ms" (I'd be willing to overlook this last since it looks like Ms., as in "Ms. Lastname," but it's still incorrect; it's not a possessive.)
-One of my favorites is the instance where he misspelled one of his characters' names.

In the interest of remaining spoiler-free for a change, I won't detail ways I thought the plot could be tightened or made more realistic, but they're there too. There were occasions that Leito spent (too) many words on tangents that proved non-essential, even for color or character building. There were other occasions that didn't get enough play. I thought a nice touch would have been to, instead of doing a big rushed reveal at the end, disperse the revelations as cut-scene clues throughout the book. (That's 100% personal preference; I'm not rating the book down for things like that.) And more than once, I thought Asa, our protagonist, behaved in ways or reacted or made statements that were unlikely. There were times that it occurred to me that just about anyone in Asa's position would have done/said/thought "X" and then was jarred when Asa didn't do/say/think "X".

I'll admit, this is a lot of complaining for a three-star book, and I don't even like myself very much right now. I'm hardly a perfect writer. (Please don't proof my review. I'm not trying to sell this, so I don't care if I use an extra comma or mix tenses or whatever.) So why am I making such a point of highlighting the negatives?

Because, wow, this book has some serious potential. Potential to be so, so good! The story, for all that it's a fairly obvious grafting of The Hunger Games and Harry Potter, is creative and riveting and fantastic. I said I would have likely returned the book without giving it a real chance, and even in hindsight, I can't be apologetic about it.

I mean, I'm not a writing professional in any capacity and just those problems I found were enough to appall. Some of them were probably typos, yes, which are forgivable when sparse. Goodness knows, we all go too fast sometimes. But some, I suspect, were examples of the author not knowing the right word or idiom and not even knowing enough to check his work.

Now, had the author paid for a (better?) real-deal editor, and a copy editor, and a proofreader, and bribed some people with writing chops of their own to be beta readers, I wouldn't be leaving a three-star review, I'd be leaving a five-star one. And I'd be writing the author a note full of gushing and squeals about how much I loved his story. And I'd be badgering everyone I know to read it too. I loved it enough that I was even tempted to send him a come-to-Jesus letter to let him know that he's doing himself a grave disservice by putting out a product before it's polished. Because as hateful as I probably sound, I wouldn't have used this many words to complain if I didn't actually want this to be better. I'd have just rolled my eyes and moved on. As it is, I actually debated offering my own humble services as a beta reader; I would have been honored to contribute to such an exciting story.

So take this all as you will. It isn't polished. It has a lot of elementary and obvious mistakes. The finished product feels amateurish. I truly don't know if I'm going to read the sequel when it comes out, because it (a) will probably drive me nuts with all the mistakes, and (b) does the author no favors to reward mediocrity.

Yet despite all that, it's a helluva ride. If Leito were to clean this up, he could charge a lot more than $3 for it, and NYT, watch out!
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HASH(0x9d388bf4) von 5 Sternen Great story, awful grammar 14. März 2014
Von Alexander Lawrence - Veröffentlicht auf
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I found the story to be very enthralling and well organized, but the amount of spelling errors and grammatical mistakes was simply unacceptable. Something else I didn't enjoy was the numerous times the author felt the need to describe the same thing. I ended up skipping over entire paragraphs because they were almost identical to a previous paragraph.

These were irritating, and certainly took a bit of the magic from the story and the otherwise well written novel, but I would still recommended it to friends who might not mind these issues as much as I do.
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HASH(0x9d390834) von 5 Sternen New Perspective 1. Juli 2013
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This book is quite fascinating and rapidly entrances the reader within its words. The story it weaves is a new perspective on things that are just starting to emerge into the world, such as genetic engineering and possible apocalyptic viruses. It is quite a fascinating read and I highly recommend it to any with interest in Action/Adventure books.
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HASH(0x9d38f5dc) von 5 Sternen Wasn't Able To Put It Down 28. Mai 2013
Von justblogs - Veröffentlicht auf
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When you first read the description of the book, you might just discount The Academy as another "been there, done that" type of thing. If you do this, you will be doing yourself an injustice. The Academy is one of those books that doesn't come along very often and when it does, you owe it to yourself to give it a read. Right from the start, it takes you on a roller-coaster ride of suspense and draws you into the story. You quickly become familiarized with the characters and how they interact with each other. I have read so many books of this genre that don't have anywhere near the kind of relationship with the reader as this one does and that is too bad. The author, Chad Leito, is a true writer's writer. The way he puts down into words the details and descriptions of a place or setting instantly puts the image into your mind. You feel the places and the people so much that you begin thinking for the character, urging them to act as you turn the next page to see what the outcome will be.
In my opinion, The Academy deserves much more praise than it gets here. I could see a theatrical version of this book being made and I would be the first in line to see it. I had a hard time putting this book down and I think anyone who reads it will feel the same way.
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