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Everyone knows Emma. Neesha’s her best friend, Aiden’s her basketball star boyfriend, and Evan’s her shadow, following Emma’s every move. She stands out, which is hard to do at Redemption Prep, a school where every student has been handpicked to attend its remote campus in the forest of Utah. So when she goes missing in plain sight, everyone notices. And everyone becomes a Everyone knows Emma. Neesha’s her best friend, Aiden’s her basketball star boyfriend, and Evan’s her shadow, following Emma’s every move. She stands out, which is hard to do at Redemption Prep, a school where every student has been handpicked to attend its remote campus in the forest of Utah. So when she goes missing in plain sight, everyone notices. And everyone becomes a suspect, especially at a school with strict rules: Don’t skip mass. Don’t break curfew. Don’t go into the woods. Emma’s disappearance ignites an investigation, and Neesha, Aiden, and Evan all want to find her—for different reasons. But they each have their own secrets to hide, and not everyone wants Emma to be found. As the search continues, the students realize that they’re not the only ones trying to hide something. Redemption Prep has secrets, too—secrets bigger than any of the students could have imagined, and Emma could be the key to finding out the truth… if anyone can find her.


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Everyone knows Emma. Neesha’s her best friend, Aiden’s her basketball star boyfriend, and Evan’s her shadow, following Emma’s every move. She stands out, which is hard to do at Redemption Prep, a school where every student has been handpicked to attend its remote campus in the forest of Utah. So when she goes missing in plain sight, everyone notices. And everyone becomes a Everyone knows Emma. Neesha’s her best friend, Aiden’s her basketball star boyfriend, and Evan’s her shadow, following Emma’s every move. She stands out, which is hard to do at Redemption Prep, a school where every student has been handpicked to attend its remote campus in the forest of Utah. So when she goes missing in plain sight, everyone notices. And everyone becomes a suspect, especially at a school with strict rules: Don’t skip mass. Don’t break curfew. Don’t go into the woods. Emma’s disappearance ignites an investigation, and Neesha, Aiden, and Evan all want to find her—for different reasons. But they each have their own secrets to hide, and not everyone wants Emma to be found. As the search continues, the students realize that they’re not the only ones trying to hide something. Redemption Prep has secrets, too—secrets bigger than any of the students could have imagined, and Emma could be the key to finding out the truth… if anyone can find her.

30 review for Redemption Prep

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Alright, let's just get this out of the way. I was SO HYPED for this book that I requested it TWICE and couldn't wait to start it. The premise (a girl goes missing at a boarding school and everyone has a different motive for what could have happened to her) had me at the words "missing at boarding school." I am a sucker for mystery/thriller type books, and this di Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Alright, let's just get this out of the way. I was SO HYPED for this book that I requested it TWICE and couldn't wait to start it. The premise (a girl goes missing at a boarding school and everyone has a different motive for what could have happened to her) had me at the words "missing at boarding school." I am a sucker for mystery/thriller type books, and this did NOT deliver. Don't read this if you are looking for a mystery. Don't read this if you are looking for a thriller. Don't read this if you are looking for a dystopian/sci-fi read. Don't read this if you are looking for a book that makes any sense at all. In short, don't read this. I very rarely give 1 star reviews. It's just not my thing, but this fell so flat on so many levels, I couldn't let it go. The story line has HUGE holes and the ending is unexpected because it doesn't make sense. At all. It is abrupt, kind of a cliff-hanger, but also in a way that makes your head hurt and you wonder what you just spent hours reading. The characters are underdeveloped. As a reader, you don't really care about any of them, and you really don't find any redeeming qualities. The "villains" are not fleshed out, there is no real backstory to them, and it all makes for an unresolved and disappointing mess.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katerina Kondrenko

    2 out of 10 Guys, imagine something very dull and somehow lacking any rhythm so that you can't go with the flow you always stumble or trip over smth in random places. A few times you start to enjoy what you do but the anticlimactic and unsatisfying continuation screws it. That is what reading this book is. All characters expect but Evan are two-dimensional. I even thought that in the end it all will turn out to be a virtual simulation or smth like that where the only real person is Evan. They 2 out of 10 Guys, imagine something very dull and somehow lacking any rhythm so that you can't go with the flow you always stumble or trip over smth in random places. A few times you start to enjoy what you do but the anticlimactic and unsatisfying continuation screws it. That is what reading this book is. All characters expect but Evan are two-dimensional. I even thought that in the end it all will turn out to be a virtual simulation or smth like that where the only real person is Evan. They are also unlikable and illogical. They can save and betray at the same time and the same people. But! At first, I thought that a good editor can make the author's idea perfect (okay, just better), but the final changed my mind, 'cause (view spoiler)[religion meets UFO meets crazy scientists in the weirdest way ever (hide spoiler)] is such a fucked fuck. I also didn't get why (view spoiler)[ they needed sportsmen or the tallest boy in the world if the key to their plan is emotions. Huh? (hide spoiler)] The story has a very open ending so I guess it's a series. If not then AHAHAHAHAHAHA (histerical)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    One of the awesome things about being a book blogger and reviewer is that you get the chance to read and review books that won't be released till months later. That is like Redemption Prep which won't be released till April next year. The downside of this can be if they end on a cliffhanger but luckily Redemption Prep wasn't like that. In Redemption Prep, we meet a school where the students are all high achievers and children that in the real world had achieved greatness at such a young age. The One of the awesome things about being a book blogger and reviewer is that you get the chance to read and review books that won't be released till months later. That is like Redemption Prep which won't be released till April next year. The downside of this can be if they end on a cliffhanger but luckily Redemption Prep wasn't like that. In Redemption Prep, we meet a school where the students are all high achievers and children that in the real world had achieved greatness at such a young age. These are the children that are considered to be geniuses and prodigies. During their weekly church sessions, one of the students Emma goes missing and the school is in an uproar as strange things have started occurring now that Emma has disappeared. Has she gone home like the school wanted the students to think or is something more sinister going on? We learn that the majority of students have been taking a drug called Apex which Emma and Neesha created. This drug gives them the ability to succeed and now with Emma gone, the drug supply is running low and Neesha is worried Emma's disappearance is due to their drug distribution. Enter Evan - he was Emma's stalker in a way, but when we get down to the bare bones - I felt for Evan as he really cared about Emma and just wanted to be his friend but he was ostracised for being a weirdo. One of the things that drew me to read this book was the tagline Riverdale meets Twin Peaks and I have to say this is more Twin Peaks than Riverdale, though the school could resemble a bit like Edgar Evernever's Farm as the students discover the nasty truth behind Redemption Prep and what they hoped to use the students for. Can Evan and his new friends save the rest of the students from being guinea pigs for the school's teachers? Find out in this new release coming in 2020 - Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller.

  4. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    Did not enjoy. Read the first few chapters then skipped to the end. Still understood what happened. Wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish // stan shea couleé

    Is the twist that they're all dead and the "redemption" is because they're all there because of something shitty they did as teenagers

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    Okay, that was not at all what I thought it would be. I was thinking it would be a fun mystery with a supernatural element and what I got was a confusing plot with a weird twist that didn't make sense and an unsatisfying end. The beginning was a little bit confusing and having so many points of view didn't help. It took me a minute to get the characters straight and figure out what their motives were. Then when I was getting into the mystery, weird things were happening that I didn't think were Okay, that was not at all what I thought it would be. I was thinking it would be a fun mystery with a supernatural element and what I got was a confusing plot with a weird twist that didn't make sense and an unsatisfying end. The beginning was a little bit confusing and having so many points of view didn't help. It took me a minute to get the characters straight and figure out what their motives were. Then when I was getting into the mystery, weird things were happening that I didn't think were explained well. The twist wasn't expected, but that's because I don't think it fits the story and seemed like a random thing to throw in. We got the explanation all at once and it was too much information to understand. (view spoiler)[ It's one thing to say the school is testing the students' minds and trying to manipulate them, but the alien aspect made no sense. (hide spoiler)] One of the characters didn't have a satisfying ending for me and the others were just kind of meh. (view spoiler)[ I didn't get the thing about Evan keeping his emotions in check and then he's just stuck at the school? And what will happen with the others? (hide spoiler)] I wish this had gone a different direction and explained things better. Disappointing read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    "It makes you the most extreme version of yourself. And some people's most extreme versions don't work out very well" *1.5 Stars* *ARC received from Katherine Tegen Books* This book sounded interesting, but ended up being a miss. SUMMARY Redemption Prep, located deep in Utah, recruits uniquely talented students from all over to expand upon their gifts. When Emmalynn (Emma) Donahue goes missing one night, everyone takes notice. Most students believe she ran away, but three disconnected teens beli "It makes you the most extreme version of yourself. And some people's most extreme versions don't work out very well" *1.5 Stars* *ARC received from Katherine Tegen Books* This book sounded interesting, but ended up being a miss. SUMMARY Redemption Prep, located deep in Utah, recruits uniquely talented students from all over to expand upon their gifts. When Emmalynn (Emma) Donahue goes missing one night, everyone takes notice. Most students believe she ran away, but three disconnected teens believe that there is something more sinister at play within the walls of Redemption Prep. REVIEW This book started out rough, and it was a struggle to push through to the final pages. We follow three POVs, each with unique voices and their own secrets. Evan - The Stalker: Evan has been watching Emma for months, and after stealing her diary, believes she never would have run away. Aiden - The Addict Boyfriend: Aiden is a star basketball player, in line to receive a shot at the NBA. But his Apex addiction and the disappearance of his girlfriend are leading him to ruin Neesha - The Genius Best Friend: Neesha has been working on her drug, Apex, to win the yearly science competition. After Emma's advises her to use the student population as a test pool, the two start selling the drug. We mainly follow Evan, who is quite clearly a stalker, even if he doesn't believe so himself. Due to his high IQ and lack of social skills, Evan's POV is a struggle. He talks in his own code, which you have to learn, and also rambles for paragraphs and goes off topic. I found myself having the reread paragraphs in order to fully grasp what was going through his mind. The one positive to his character is that he is actively looking for Emma, so he is where the real "mystery" is. Aiden was really whiny. He is a rich kid who never understood that everything he worked for had actually just been handed to him. His POV just flat out annoyed me. Out of every character, he did grow the most, so that was a plus. I liked the representation of him being addicted to Apex and the toll it took on him not only while taking it, but also while going through periods of withdrawal and rationing. Neesha was cool, but once again, she didn't hold my attention as a POV. She was the most coherent POV, but was boring at times. She was very self-centered and I found it difficult to empathise with her. On a brighter note, Zaza was my favourite character :) The only part of this book that I really enjoyed was learning about Apex. This novel takes place in 1995, which is prior to the creation of Adderall. As you read the book you find out that Apex is basically Adderall, and Neesha has created it. This was a fun twist on a modern scientific discovery. Finally, the plot was just crazy and jumbled. The truth behind the creation of Redemption Prep and the "sinister underbelly" were lack luster. While it wasn't completely predictable, it left me more confused than intrigued. The "villain" felt too stiff and stereotypical, so I wasn't impressed by the reveal. Follow that up with an open-ending, and I was an unsatisfied reader. Samuel Miller has potential, but this book was a real miss for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sanya

    still mad about how completely stupid the plot twist was

  10. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    DNF @8% It's a no from me. I know I didn't get very far into this book, but there wasn't anything I liked it even remotely interested me enough to keep going. Which is a travesty because boarding school books are always a draw for me. I did not like the writing - it was stilted and repetitive. The characters all seem very flat (but I didn't see much past their introduction so I cant say much for growth). I never like religious tones in my stories so that disappointed me too. I did go to the bad a DNF @8% It's a no from me. I know I didn't get very far into this book, but there wasn't anything I liked it even remotely interested me enough to keep going. Which is a travesty because boarding school books are always a draw for me. I did not like the writing - it was stilted and repetitive. The characters all seem very flat (but I didn't see much past their introduction so I cant say much for growth). I never like religious tones in my stories so that disappointed me too. I did go to the bad and try to read the last few chapters to see if it was worth it for me and I had to skim that too. This was basically a miss on every level and I couldn't be more frustrated. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    I really enjoy a great mystery. This one gives me a Looking for Alaska vibe with its setting and the secrets the students hold. It shall be interesting to find out what happened to Emma.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    At first I was really confused by the star rating on Goodreads. It was rated so low, but it was on the NYT Bestselling list for YA hardcovers. I was really confused about the stars and now I'm confused about the Bestseller's list. I DNFed Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller. I didn't want to. I reached 75% of the way through and then the ending arc happened... and it lost me. The characters weren't as engrossing as I really would have liked, so I was relying on the plot to keep me reading. When that At first I was really confused by the star rating on Goodreads. It was rated so low, but it was on the NYT Bestselling list for YA hardcovers. I was really confused about the stars and now I'm confused about the Bestseller's list. I DNFed Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller. I didn't want to. I reached 75% of the way through and then the ending arc happened... and it lost me. The characters weren't as engrossing as I really would have liked, so I was relying on the plot to keep me reading. When that failed, I literally had no other reason to keep reading it. This book has a lot of parallels to Truly Devious, but Maureen Johnson does it better. Redemption Prep is not what I expected or wanted, so I think if the back-of-the-book description conveyed the book more accurately, it would've done better. It would have attracted readers that would actually like this book, but instead the description attracted readers who wanted something different. Redemption Prep isn't a mystery or a crime book, looking for a lost person. It's a conspiracy book, where a school turns out to be something that it's not. I think there's a huge difference in expectations here. If you wanted a mystery, this isn't for you. If you want a school that turns out to be much darker and hiding stuff, this book might be for you. I don't like conspiracy books and if I'd known that's what this was... I wouldn't have picked it up.

  13. 5 out of 5

    tyler

    Boarding school: Check Missing student: Check Cult vibes: Check Foggy mountain forests: Check 90s culture: CHECK

  14. 5 out of 5

    julia

    1.75 Stars. It took me ages to read this book, because try as I might I couldn't bring myself to actually care: neither about the story, nor about the writing, and even less about the characters. The pacing felt super slow, thus I found myself putting this novel aside over and over again. In the last couple of chapters at least that turned around -- finally some speed and excitement, something happened -- only took 300 pages or so. I thought the ending might make up for the poor beginning, only f 1.75 Stars. It took me ages to read this book, because try as I might I couldn't bring myself to actually care: neither about the story, nor about the writing, and even less about the characters. The pacing felt super slow, thus I found myself putting this novel aside over and over again. In the last couple of chapters at least that turned around -- finally some speed and excitement, something happened -- only took 300 pages or so. I thought the ending might make up for the poor beginning, only for this same exact ending to then be totally over-the-top, non-sensical, frenzied and irrational. I didn't like the explanation we were given for everything that happened, not at all! I expected more. Also, whoever proof-read this novel did a rather mediocre job! So many mistakes, typos, doubles ...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    Rep: Indian girl protagonist; character with depression Warnings: drug abuse and withdrawal, torture, unethical experimentation on minors, graphic physical violence When I started this book, I was excited, because mystery in a boarding school is one of my favorite settings. And Redemption Prep does fulfil on some aspects of the setting and its tropes - the school is quite isolated, so it has that creep factor; the student body is hyper-competitive and you don't know who is trustworthy; there is de Rep: Indian girl protagonist; character with depression Warnings: drug abuse and withdrawal, torture, unethical experimentation on minors, graphic physical violence When I started this book, I was excited, because mystery in a boarding school is one of my favorite settings. And Redemption Prep does fulfil on some aspects of the setting and its tropes - the school is quite isolated, so it has that creep factor; the student body is hyper-competitive and you don't know who is trustworthy; there is definitely something shady going on with the school's origins as well as its teachers. However, the thing with the book was that I was having a good enough time with the plot for the most part, but when the reveals started, I was like 'no what are you doing with that trope, put it down' and the coup de grace was the ending which ends on sort of a cliffhanger and just cuts you off and you are left wondering if this was supposed to be a series, because it is utterly unsatisfying as a standalone. The plot centers around a popular student, Emma, who goes missing, and three people are mainly looking for her, aside from the school administration - her boyfriend Aiden, her friend/roommate Neesha, and her stalker Evan, with each getting their own PoV, and Emma's perspective coming through her diary entries. The school's response to her going missing is weird, and it unearths some extreme things the school does, like hire a ton of security who are called 'maintenance workers', frequent invasion of student privacy (which is the least of it, tbh) and their over-involvement in student success. Aiden is probably the most boring PoV, because I honestly couldn't care about him; Evan's is questionable because he was stalking her for months to the point where he could accurately predict her patterns; Neesha's is interesting because she is stuck between what she knows and what she is being told regarding Emma's disappearance. Add in the fact that Neesha and Emma were selling drugs (which was also a way to conduct human trials for Neesha's invention of adderall) makes it even more sordid, because well the suspect pool extends. However, there are many things brought up in the plot that don't always pan out. Her invented drug does tie into the plot, but I was so underwhelmed by the reveals that it didn't even feel momentous. Evan's perspective gives us most of the exposition for the book, and I am guessing his pattern thing and rules for communication may be suggesting he is autistic. Anyway, his drive for finding Emma stems from his own mother's death, and yet, it is also addressed that it does not make his stalking right. The school's teachers are a bit stock scientist trope so I was disappointed there, too. And the final reveal about the school's origin was definitely fulfiling the Twin Peaks comparison, though I don't see anywhere how the plot relates to Riverdale. Finally, all I can say is that while it is atmospheric and an interesting read for the most part, the mystery and the ending are underwhelming. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Katherine Tegen Books, via Edelweiss.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Disclaimer: I was provided a free advanced copy of this book through epicreads. I don’t read a lot of mysteries. It’s not really a genre I go out of my way to read. But I do enjoy it, and when a concept interests me I will definitely read it. When I read the blurb for Redemption Prep I was kind of excited, a mystery about a secluded school in the mountains where things are all a bit suspicious and then a girl goes missing sounded really fun to me. But this did not live up to my expectations. It t Disclaimer: I was provided a free advanced copy of this book through epicreads. I don’t read a lot of mysteries. It’s not really a genre I go out of my way to read. But I do enjoy it, and when a concept interests me I will definitely read it. When I read the blurb for Redemption Prep I was kind of excited, a mystery about a secluded school in the mountains where things are all a bit suspicious and then a girl goes missing sounded really fun to me. But this did not live up to my expectations. It took me 200 pages to get into this book. Usually I’ll quit reading a book if I’m not invested by about 100 pages, but because I had an arc, I wanted to finish it. It just really dragged, going on so long without revealing anything new. I think you could have cut at least 50 pages out of first half and changed nothing. My biggest complaint was the characters. When I think about other YA mystery books I’ve enjoyed, such as All Eyes On Us, Sadie, or White Rabbit, the thing that I remember about those books, and really liked, was the characters. Redemption Prep does not have characters I enjoyed. The three main characters, Aiden, Neesha, and Evan were not likable or even particularly interesting. Aiden was just the worst, he was selfish and annoying and I couldn’t even begin to care about him. Neesha was the closest to likable, but she wasn’t interesting enough for me to care about her. Evan was the most interesting, but he was too creepy and annoying to be likable. There were a few side characters as well, but being honest the only one I remember was Emma, who I don’t think had any flaws and was very unexciting. I finished this book like two days ago and I’ve already forgotten the rest of the characters. The other major problem with the characters is that they don’t seem to follow any kind of logic. The characters just do whatever fits the plot best regardless of whether it’s in character or not. Which results in the characters making choices that don’t fit their personalities at all. I was mainly on board with the story, until the last few pages. I won’t spoil it, but there is a completely out of left field twist. This story point might have worked if it had been slowly discovered by the main characters. Instead it was monologued by the villain at the very last minute, leaving me feeling like it came out of absolutely nowhere. And then, the book just ends. I was so shocked because I thought there would be at least another chapter, but no, it just ends. It felt incomplete to me. I was really confused about whether this book wanted to be a fun adventure or a dark mystery. The tone was all over the place. It had the potential to be a really fun, exciting story, but I ended up being bored for half of it and annoyed by all the characters. I wanted to like this, but I just couldn’t.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Inna

    that ending....i HAVE to laugh

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nora

    Disclosure: I received a free advance copy of this book through the Epic Reads Insiders program The book is an incredibly quick read, but that's all it has going for it. Some things in the book aren't ever totally explained. Certain things that feel like they should be wrapped up with the mystery are left out of the final explanation, and some details are disjointed and feel unnecessary. The ending to the mystery is unsatisfying and comes out of left field, and leaves you confused. Also, the char Disclosure: I received a free advance copy of this book through the Epic Reads Insiders program The book is an incredibly quick read, but that's all it has going for it. Some things in the book aren't ever totally explained. Certain things that feel like they should be wrapped up with the mystery are left out of the final explanation, and some details are disjointed and feel unnecessary. The ending to the mystery is unsatisfying and comes out of left field, and leaves you confused. Also, the characters, especially Dr Richardson, don't act like real people, breaking any suspension of disbelief I had left. A full version of this review (and many others) is available on my website, noramcintyre.com

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    Did not know how this book was going to end, but by the time it did, I already wanted book 2. This book really feels like riverdale met Twin Peaks.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The ending was so poor that my inclination is to give this book one star, but it did give me some moments of suspense and intrigue, so I have to appreciate that. However, there were a lot of things that didn't get tied up. Why was the school so Christian? What was the connection to Princeton? And what the heck is the deal with the aliens? It was...not great.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This book is a ride. It’s like a darker, creepier Looking for Alaska. I enjoyed the mystery and loved the writing and would say it’s definitely a good spooky read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This was a weird read. I didn't like any of the characters; they did not seem like real people to me. It was monotonous to even get through 60% of this novel. Trust the low Goodreads rating with this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Sam is trying too hard to be literary and completely failed. Super disappointed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I hate writing negative reviews because I know how much work authors put into their novels but I'd like to say this book was...flat. The beginning was kind of a straight road with no strong emotional grips. The only reason I ploughed through was because I wanted know what happened to emma, but after I did, everything that came after didn't make sense.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kaeli

    I read like 75% of this book, I read about half of it before deciding that I didn’t really care about the book, after looking at reviews I decided to skip to the last 25% to see the insanity that the story turned into. I had heard so much hype for this book but was unfortunately let down

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Disclaimer: I have voluntarily reviewed this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher via Edelweiss+, thank you! Alright, "someone goes missing in a closed-off place and an investigation ensues revealing a ton of messed up stuff on the way" is one of the best tropes ever. I wanted to get my hands on this book for this very reason. But then I saw the Goodreads rating and I thought... Oh no. Maybe this is why in the end I didn't think it was that bad. The characters maybe weren't origina Disclaimer: I have voluntarily reviewed this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher via Edelweiss+, thank you! Alright, "someone goes missing in a closed-off place and an investigation ensues revealing a ton of messed up stuff on the way" is one of the best tropes ever. I wanted to get my hands on this book for this very reason. But then I saw the Goodreads rating and I thought... Oh no. Maybe this is why in the end I didn't think it was that bad. The characters maybe weren't original or memorable but I didn't hate any of them, even Evan with his stalker-y tendencies which really threw me off at the beginning. The one I really didn't care about was Emma since she felt more like a plot device than an actual character and everything we knew about her was from the point of view of others who'd mostly seen what they wanted to. The villains were... Really plain and their villainous intentions were known through far too little of the book to actually bring in something constructive. The plot was pretty much all over the place - there were no actual hints about what happened to Emma and the "threats" appearing around the school turned out to be unrelated to each other and so random that they didn't really build the suspense well. I did enjoy the small "that's not how a school should work" moments I had while reading and I'm glad I turned out to be right but the final reveal was really random and out of the blue. I feel like it's not the idea itself that was bad but the lack of time put into building it up. We get a lot of information in the last two chapters and there's really no time to resolve any of that making it feel unsatisfying. The whole ending is unsatisfying with its weird cliff-hangery openness. I'm not a big fan of open endings but most of the time I at least am aware that the book ended. With Redemption Prep I went to another page expecting another chapter and was very confused when I saw Acknowledgements. I had to re-read the whole chapter to make sure I didn't miss anything but nope. It just ends like that. I think that's my biggest problem - the lack of resolution for something that might have been a pretty freaky plot twist and lead to some darker moments. It was a bit of a waste in my opinion. However, I didn't hate the writing style and the characters so I think there sure is potential for improvement. I'm sure there are better books out there following a similar premise but this one certainly wasn't horrible.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie Lawrence

    Hmm well this had a lot of potential. Definitely a fair bit of action and an intriguing premise. Beloved student Emma disappears and her friends, stalker, drug purchasers attempt to find her. Is their elite boarding school what it seems? What does the drug Emma and her roommate Neesha created really do to people? Why have these students specifically been recruited? Doesn’t this sound like the makings of a great book? And yet it kind of fell flat for me. The ending really threw me and I didn’t fe Hmm well this had a lot of potential. Definitely a fair bit of action and an intriguing premise. Beloved student Emma disappears and her friends, stalker, drug purchasers attempt to find her. Is their elite boarding school what it seems? What does the drug Emma and her roommate Neesha created really do to people? Why have these students specifically been recruited? Doesn’t this sound like the makings of a great book? And yet it kind of fell flat for me. The ending really threw me and I didn’t feel enough was explained. I wish it’d been a bit easier to connect with the characters as well. Overall enough going for it that I might recommend it, but I did leave wanting a better realized story and more detail. I almost wonder if I’d have liked this better if it’s followed all of Emma’s fourth year from her perspective...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed 90% of the book and then the ending totally ruined it for me You know when you watched the new Indiana Jones for the first time and screamed, "SERIOUSLY?!?!?! ALIENS!!!????!?!? WTF?!?!?!?!!?!" It was like that.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    Missing girl, drugs, student experimentation. Sounded great at first, but it just got boring.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amal

    I personally didn’t enjoy Redemption Prep as much as I thought I would I thought the plot twist was too predictable and unnecessary and was revealed too early, the book is slow paced in the beginning and is interesting in the middle but the end brought us back to the beginning; boring and it lacked the mystery vibe. It really did have SOOOOO much potential to be an amazing book that you can’t stop thinking about but when I think about this book I frown, I didn’t really enjoy the characters much I personally didn’t enjoy Redemption Prep as much as I thought I would I thought the plot twist was too predictable and unnecessary and was revealed too early, the book is slow paced in the beginning and is interesting in the middle but the end brought us back to the beginning; boring and it lacked the mystery vibe. It really did have SOOOOO much potential to be an amazing book that you can’t stop thinking about but when I think about this book I frown, I didn’t really enjoy the characters much except probably 3 of them and i although loved some parts of the book and there was definitely morales in it but I feel like sometimes there shouldn’t be a moral. The was an okay book,I think I might reread it in 6 years unlike all my other books. It could have been amazing but it was turned to an okay I think that Samuel Miller is a great author but needs more time with some of his future work, I would definitely read Any books he would write in the future but I don’t think that mystery is the right genre for him.

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