In The Terminals, Royce Buckingham tells the riveting story of a covert team of young, terminally ill teens who spend their last year alive running dangerous missions as super-spies for an organization that may not be all it seems.
When 19 year-old Cam Cody is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he expects to spend the rest of his shortened life in an adjustable bed. Then one night, a mysterious man offers Cam one chance to join a covert unit of young "terminals." They are like him, only they spend the last year of their lives executing exciting and dangerous missions to make the world a better place.
With nothing to lose, Cam is in.
A helicopter flies Cam to a secret tropical location, where he's tossed out with a parachute and an instruction manual. After a rough landing, he meets his nine teammates. The other terminals don't seem sick; Zara is beautiful, Donnie is an amazing athlete, and Calliope sings like a bird. He soon learns that they're enhanced with an experimental super steroid TS-8, which suppresses their illnesses' symptoms and heightens their physical and mental abilities. It's also fatal if taken for more than a year.
Cam joins this extreme spy team, and they begin pulling dangerous operations in multiple countries. As his teammates fall around him, he starts to receive cryptic messages from a haggard survivor of last year's class hiding in the forest. She reveals that the program isn't what it seems, leading Cam to question whether any of them are really sick at all.
Buckingham makes his U.S. YA debut with this ambitious yet uneven thriller, in which a group of teens diagnosed with a terminal condition get the chance to be globe-trotting secret agents. Their newest recruit, 19-year-old Cam Cody, is an athlete with one year to live, due to a brain tumor. Hoping to make the last year of his life count, Cam eagerly joins the mysterious organization that promises to train and utilize him. Soon he and nine others are fighting pirates, saving lives, and taking down foreign dictators. As Cam's companions gradually die in the line of duty, he grows uneasy, and when a survivor of the previous "class" of spies shows up, he realizes that nothing is what it seems. Buckingham sets up the premise well and offers surprises at every turn, but this story is weakened by distasteful gender undertones, including Cam's tendency to see every girl he encounters in terms of physicality and hookup potential, and the way female characters are killed off. An intriguing but problematic story. Ages 12 up.
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Best book I've ever read. The terminals is not only a riveting thriller that keepers readers at the edge of their seats with every page turn, it is also very funny and relatable to most young readers. It gives readers a chance to know that they're not alone in their problems whether it's with romance or not feeling that you are at a level everyone else Is. The terminals is the best book you will ever read. Take my word for it and buy it. You won't regret it.