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Disruption (the Cambridge files, Book 1)

When life gives you a son that is beyond naughty, it is your duty as a parent to make sure he never loses sight of the right path – the one on law’s good side. But what happens when one mistake from you ends up putting said son in great danger?

Matthew Cambridge is not just a naughty teenager – according to those adults who know him, he’s a moving menace! The prankster has always been somewhat of a deliquent, but now it’s obvious he’s gone a bit too far. When a prank that he and his best friend pull ends up nearly killing half of their school’s population, Matt’s father decides it’s time for his son to learn some discipline. Matt’s punishment is to spend a summer in a camp he’s never heard of – or live with his aunt in Alaska, far away from his family and friends. One would think he would be able to at least live through a boring summer at a boring camp. But Matt’s camp is anything but boring. In fact, it’s downright dangerous. And after having come quite close to dying – several times – at his very first day, Matt realizes this isn’t any ordinary camp. Now he wonders if he’ll be able to survive this summer at all…

Ahem! Ok, ok, I’ve calmed down, I swear…

Has anyone ever watched any of the Cody Banks movies? I did when I was a teen, and the concept really excited me, even if the movies needed a bit more work to be a true success. Those who have watched them, are sure to connect some of the dots at the beginning of Disruption, concerning the signs that Matt seems to notice around him when he first enters Camp Friendship. And this… is the beauty of it all. Because nothing is as it seems in this book. Mr. Whibley keeps us guessing throughout the whole story, even when we think we have it all figured out. Just like Matt, we take the journey of trying to see what is truly going on, and just when we think we know, BAM! Another clue makes us lose sight and then we’re back to square one!

I could go on and on about all the things I absolutely loved in the book – not that there was anything I didn’t like – but I don’t think there’s a single part I could mention and NOT give you a spoiler – and believe me, the true magic of this book is reading it without knowing anything! Each line is like a major sign or something, it’s truly the work of a genius!

There is, though, something I can share that won’t give anything away. And that is the fact that Steven Whibley has a talented mind and hand – I do recall praying to marry either of those two in one of my rants of how much I was in love with the book, hahaha! The suspense is killing the reader, but in a sweet way that has us begging for more. The characters are all unique – compared to each other – and equally dangerous, funny, and loveable! The dialogues are sure to please and bring a smile to one’s face, but the fun doesn’t stop there! Because the whole story is told from Matt’s POV, so we get to see every description, every scene, through his eyes and thoughts – and the kid is like the personification of cynical sarcasm!

Word of advice? Read it! As soon as possible! You won’t know what you’ve been missing all this time until you’ve started Matt’s story!


***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***