In a future where children are segregated into institutions ranging from comfortable 'Learning Communities' to prison-like 'Academies', 17-year-old Jackson is an academic high flyer, living in a top Learning Community and destined for a position in the Leadership. But when he is sent with his friend Wilson to deliver a package, the boys are attacked - leaving Jackson badly beaten and Wilson dead. Confused and upset, Jackson returns to his Learning Community, only to be dismissed by his teachers, who claim not to know him.
Sent to an Academy, Jackson is plunged into a world far removed from the comfortable life he's used to: a harsh, violent society where the students have created their own hierarchy based on fighting ability. Using his wits to survive, Jackson realises that his whole life has been made up of half-truths, and in order to survive he must expose the Academy and find out who he really is....
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