Review: Wager’s Price by G P Ching

About the book:

Caught in the act…
Finn Wager’s luck has run out. Arrested for the one crime he didn’t actually commit, he’s forced to finish his education at an alternative school.

A chance at redemption…
The Revelations Institute is an upscale, private reform academy with a 100% success rate. Delinquents go in and model citizens come out.

Deadly discipline…
Students who don’t perform to expectations disappear. And although their bodies return model citizens, their minds are hardly their own. Something evil lurks inside Revelations, and if Finn and his new friend Hope can’t find a way to stop it, they’ll risk more than their lives. The repercussions could cost them their souls.

Review by Katy Haye:

The in-thing in indie YA fiction at present is academies. Everything out this year (it feels like) is set in an academy. I was bored just at the idea of trying one to review because they all sounded the same … but then I saw an ad for GP Ching’s Wager’s Price and thought the premise looked interesting. I started reading and that was it … the next two days of my life were taken care of!

Wager’s Price has some glorious staples: a creepy, isolated school; strange undercurrents and a powerful sense that all is not as it appears; and a bunch of misfit kids brought together. But it’s the vivid writing that brings it all alive. I was right there with Finn and Hope, unease tingling up my spine with each new discovery.

Lots of disparate elements came together beautifully in a rapid-paced finale, and the ending opened up for more drama for Finn and Hope, although Wager’s Price is a fully-realised novel on its own and doesn’t leave you dangling.

NOTE: I realise now from reading other reviews that G P Ching wrote another series before this with some of the same characters. I can confirm that absolutely ZERO prior knowledge is required. I loved this without reading a single word she’s written before!

Katy Haye’s Princess Witch series is now complete and ready for you to binge-read. Start Relle’s story with Dragon Thief. If you like magic, danger, deadly royals and a heroine who won’t accept her fate tamely, Dragon Thief is the book for you!

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