The Smaller Evil

By KUEHN, Stephanie

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ISBN
9781101994702
Publisher
Dutton


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on June 1, 2016  |  Young Adult

Gr 9 Up—High school senior Arman Dukoff is in serious need of help. He hates his awkwardness, his social timidity, and how he feels trapped in his own head. When he meets Beau, who seems to see so much more potential within Arman, the protagonist jumps at the chance to follow him and his group. Once at the Compound, though, Arman is confronted by a confusing whirlwind of incomprehensible rituals and strangely technical jargon—but most confusing of all is Beau's sudden disappearance during the program. Arman is dev...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on August 1, 2016

Seventeen-year-old Arman is anxious, self-loathing, mostly ignored by his mother and stepfather, and ashamed of his incarcerated father. He makes an easy mark for Beau, the charismatic founder of a remote "retreat" called Evolve, whose mission is to inoculate participants against "social order disease." Although Beau takes a particular interest in Arman (because, it's later revealed, Beau is seeking a successor), Arman can't shake the bad feeling he has about Evolve and sneaks away from the compound....Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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