Fukui, Isamu. Truancy.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

FUKUI, Isamu. Truancy. Tor. 432p. c2008. 978-07653-1767-4. $17.95. JS *

"Perfect control through education": that's the goal of a despotic Mayor who rules an unnamed City where students are punished for the least infraction. The "Zero Tolerance Policy" is taken to an extreme, enforced by armed Educators, and expelled students are executed. Naturally, repression breeds rebellion, and the Truancy, an underground armed revolt by teenagers, is trying to destroy the system. Fifteen-year-old Tack is just trying to make it through school, but when he meets Umasi, a mysterious boy who trains him in fighting skills, and then loses his sister in a violent attack by the Truancy, he runs off and joins the group, hoping to destroy it from within to avenge her. The Truancy is led by the charismatic Zyid, and Tack's skills soon make him Zyid's second-in-command. Gradually, however, Tack's allegiance to the Truancy conflicts with his desire for vengeance for his sister's death. Will he accept the Truancy's...

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