Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Hypnotists #1 by Gordon Korman

The Hypnotists (The Hypnotists, #1)Jax discovers he has the power to make people do anything he wants them to do. This is a little scary when he tells a bus driver to get him to the gym as quickly as possible. Other cars, traffic lights, and pedestrians beware! Jax is invited to a school with other hypnotists, and Dr. Mako helps him control his power. However, a mysterious man meets Jax on the street and tells him that he shouldn't trust the  Dr. Mako, and that Jax's parents carried the bloodlines of the two most powerful hypnotist families in history. This fact means Jax may be the most powerful hypnotist in the world. Dr. Mako says hypnotism should only be used for good, but when is making other people do things against their will a good thing? A video is made of Jax, and he senses the doctor is using it to hypnotize other people. Jax doesn't know why Dr. Mako is doing this, but the doctor may be using his power to control the next president of the United States!

Jax is learning to use his new power, but he's confused about who he can trust. The plot reads like an adventure or mystery as Jax tries to discover the truth. I expected him to become friends with Kira, another top student, but that didn't really happen. I'm not sure why she was included in the story.

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