Wakefield (Mad World, 1)
Troubled teens Max and Astrid bond while questioning the true nature of the psychiatric treatment facility where they are forced to live.
Co-writer Erin Callahan
Publisher MuseItUp Publishing
Genre Young Adult
Word count 81,951
Series web site MadWorldSeries.com
About Orphans Astrid Chalke and Max Fisher meet when they’re sent to live at Wakefield, a residential and educational facility for teens with psychiatric and behavioral problems. Astrid’s roommate cuts herself with anything sharp she can get her hands on and Max’s roommate threatens him upon introduction.
Just as Astrid and Max develop a strong bond and begin to adjust to the constant chaos surrounding them, a charming and mysterious resident of Wakefield named Teddy claims he has unexplainable abilities. Sometimes he can move things without touching them. Sometimes he can see people’s voices flowing out of their mouths. Teddy also thinks that some of the Wakefield staff are on to him.
At first, Astrid and Max think Teddy is paranoid, but Max’s strange recurring dreams and a series of unsettling events force them to reconsider Teddy’s claims. Are they a product of his supposedly disturbed mind or is the truth stranger than insanity?
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "The relationships between all the characters was so real and made me feel like they were real people and I could really relate to them. Although the book starts off slow when it gets to the action, man does it pack in some action!" — Goodreads user
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ "The ending of this book blew me away and I'd definitely be interested in reading the next book. It was a pleasantly surprising read with plenty of action and suspense! And a book I would definitely recommend." — TotalTeenFiction