An eighth grade girl was taken today . . . With this first sentence, readers are immediately thrust into a fast-paced thriller that doesn't let up for a moment. In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever.
Twisted, wacky, and a little disturbing, this tale a nightmare that everyone has reason to fear. It also contains a lot of truth about how many people are ignorant to the serious consequences of frivolous spending. I’d rate this a 10+A, it was thrilling and kept all its secrets until the end. And after a few dramatic twists, the resolution is one that leaves everything on the right path and no matter how many times you put this book down, the top floor will always be waiting for you.