“I can't say for sure, because I have no experience, but -- well, is this what family is like? The feeling that everyone's connected, that with one piece missing the whole thing's broken?”
Reynard "Reynie" Muldoon noticed one day an ad on the newspaper asking for "gifted children looking for special opportunities." Reynie had always known he was beyond intelligent; he had completed all the curriculums and required a tutor at his orphanage because the head refused to send Reynie to an advanced school. Knowing that this might've been his only chance, he got permissions from the head and went to take these weird tests that seemed a bit unusual. They did not test intelligence but seemed to look for unique characteristics in people! Especially those who had a strong love for the truth, and disliked television and radios. In the end, only four children had passed the test. It seemed that they were all alone They learn that they were picked to save the world from an evil genius who were somehow able to control people with his hidden messages in televisions and radios. It was up to these four special kids to find out what his plans were, and to stop him before the entire world was affected by who-knows-what.
This story followed the general plotline of stories, having its climax and its resolution, but the author was able to make the story very interesting by adding unexpected curve balls, especially near the resolution. The characters are especially unique, as well as having their strengths and weaknesses. The story does tend to drag on in places, but overall, it's a really great book with excellent puzzles.