Dave Kalstein Prodigy

ISBN 13: 9781433207259

Prodigy

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In the year 2036, the world's best boarding school is the Stansbury School. The students, better known as specimens, are screened at a young age and then given twelve years of the finest education--and developmental drug regimen--available. Graduates go on to dominate in all the top colleges, Forbes 500 companies, and government positions. But when several alumni are murdered, school officials decide to keep the police in the dark. They discreetly ask the school's valedictorian to solve the mystery, but he discovers that the most obvious culprit, the school's chemically-imbalanced delinquent--and his own nemesis--is being framed. Together, the two unlikely allies uncover a massive conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the Stansbury administration and the United States government.

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“If the characters from Less Than Zero and The Secret History woke up in a novel by Philip K. Dick, they'd get along famously with the precocious students of Stansbury.”
–Dustin Thomason, bestselling author of The Rule of Four

A thriller set in the future at an ultra-elite prep school that asks: what is the price of perfection?

In the year 2036, the world's best boarding school is the Stansbury School. The students, better known as specimens, are screened at a young age and then given twelve years of the finest education -- and developmental drug regiment --available.
 Stansbury graduates -- physically and mentally -- are in a class all by themselves. Four out of five go onto Harvard, Yale or Princeton; twenty out of the top thirty Forbes 500 companies have Stansbury CEOs, eight graduates have become U. S. Senators, and two sit on the Supreme Court.   But when a string of alumni are murdered, school officials -- looking to avoid a public relations disaster -- decide to keep the police in the dark.   They discreetly ask the school's Valedictorian to solve the mystery, but he discovers that the most obvious culprit (the school's resident chemically imbalanced delinquent -- and the Valedictorian's nemesis) is being framed.
Together, the two unlikely allies uncover a massive conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the Stansbury administration and the United States government.
 A riveting thriller about America’s obsession with genius and the potential of youth, Prodigy is not only a chilling vision of the very near future, it’s an authentic coming-of-age story for the 21st Century.

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"Kalstein's writing mirrors the world he creates: bold, textured, rife with dark secrets. Watching the ambitious boy genius and the angst-ridden thug piecing together the clues - about a conspiracy, about themselves - makes PRODIGY a wonderful coming-of-age story hidden inside a riveting mystery. If the characters from Less Than Zero and The Secret History woke up in a novel by Philip K. Dick, they'd get along famously with the precocious students of Stansbury."
-DUSTIN THOMASON, bestselling author of The Rule of Four

"Dave Kalstein's merciless, murderous, amped-up future is on a par with that of Richard Morgan's. His evolutionarily advanced schoolboy and schoolgirl protagonists are like the glowing-eyed cuckoos of Village of the Damned interbred with the cast of The O. C. and The Legion of Superheroes. If Jim Thompson had written Catcher in the Rye, we might have experienced a similar thrill-ride."
-Paul Di Filippo, author of The Emperor of Gondwanaland

"Speaking of the future, Dave Kalstein has a way with words and a big talent that will surely vault him into the ranks of well-known writers for years to come."
-Ethan Black, author of Dead for Life

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