Teen Reviews

Read + Review — Memory Maze, by Gordon Korman


The book starts off in Connecticut, where Jackson Opus, now known as Jack Magnus, tries to hide from the evil hypnotist, Elias Mako. Jack himself is a hypnotist, and had stopped Elias Mako from taking control of the U.S in the previous book. Nobody knew about how Jackson Opus could hypnotize people. One day, Avery Quackenbush, a very old billionaire, asks Jack for help. Avery has many diseases, and is close to death. His doctors are developing a cure, but it will take a month. Avery can’t live that long, so he asks Jack to hypnotize him and slow his heart rate down, so he can live for another month. The problem is that when you hypnotize somebody, you are within their mind. There are so many dreadful memories in Avery’s brain, so Jack will have to live through them when he hypnotizes Avery. Not only that, but Mako finds out where he lives, so he must battle Mako in New York.

One thing that I really liked is that the book describes Jax’s struggles in great detail. The writing makes you understand all of the obstacles that Jax had to overcome. One thing that I didn’t like so much was the fact that the book seemed too short. It could have been a bit longer than it was. Overall, this book is a great book to read.

My favorite part of the book is when Jax enters Avery’s mind for the first time. The scene Jax experiences is very descriptive and well-thought out. It shows just one of Avery’s hard struggles.


Reviewed by Adithya, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library

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