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Penguin Putnam
A young man is suddenly startled awake. He has no memory. He knows only one thing for certain: Someone is trying to kill him.

Unsure of whom to trust, he is reacquainted with eight companions-trainees of an enigmatic figure known as Maestro. As he attempts to unearth his past and outwit an unseen enemy, skills he never knew he had come into play. And it soon becomes clear that there is far more than his life at stake...

Baker & Taylor
"He calls himself Halloween. He is a unique student attending a most prestigious boarding school -- the Idlewild Immersive Virtual Reality Academy. While his body sleeps, his mind interacts with those of this fellow students under the tutelage of the enigmatic artificial intelligence known as Maestro. An inexplicable energy surge has damaged the IVR and fragmented Halloween's mind. Convinced this anomaly was deliberately triggered to kill him, Halloween is desperate to recover his memories -- only to discover a devastating revelation about his true existence."--Cover p. [4]

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Waking up with no memory of his identity and a certainty that someone is trying to kill him, a young man reacquaints himself with eight companions under the training of the enigmatic Maestro. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Roc, 2008, c2003
ISBN: 9780451461988
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 18 cm


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BobReads Jun 08, 2015

Like others have hinted at, this book is best reviewed by its three acts. The first act pulls you in, the second act does drag on, but you are rewarded with the third act.

The plot revolves around one of the characters awakening in his MMO with memory blanks, it then reads partly like 70% sci-fi and 30% detective novel.

Oct 09, 2013

Magnificent and original work from the son of Carl Sagan he of "Contact" fame. It has a slow meander which then rockets into a twisty mind bending exploration of future Earth. The characters is this novel are believable and vibrant. Quirky, eccentric and original the are the strength of this work. The concepts while extremely interesting have been explored, in part by movies such as "The Matrtix" and Phillip K Dick novels. The Library would benefit from obtaining the next two novels of this series.

Aug 23, 2011

Wouldn't waste my time on this series. Confusing, boring, not great.

daymakerdave Dec 16, 2010

I've always had great respect and admiration for Carl Sagan so I thought I'd check out his son's work as a sci-fi writer. Idlewild is the book I chose and is actually surprised me with how much I liked it. Every time I thought I figured out what was going on, I was wrong and I love when a book can fool me like that. Overall I found it kind of plain in it's imagery and kind of riddled with cliches, but in the end I really did like reading it.

Kind of like the Matrix meets the Lawnmower man... kind of.

Jun 25, 2010

Slow in the beggining but better at the end..Sagan gives a good plot and unpredictable twist...didn't really like the ending but all in all i would rate Idlewild 4/5

Jan 17, 2010

I found this book a little slow to get into, but I'm glad I stuck with it. I really enjoyed the concepts. Sagan delivers an imaginative and entertaining book that delivers science and fantasy. Clever.

Dec 06, 2008

Not great. Somewhat slow and a uninspiring ending. 2.5 stars.

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