109 pages ; 19 cm.
"In this high-interest accessible novel for teen readers, 16-year-old Blake Pendleton is surprised to learn, after three years abroad, that things are very different at his school now."-- Provided by publisher.
After three years abroad, sixteen-year-old Blake Pendleton returns to his old high school and is shocked to find that the world he knew has turned upside down. Everyone wears a military-style uniform now and Blake soon learns the hard way that independence in any form is not encouraged. After questioning something his teacher tells him, he gets locked up in an isolation room.Once he's released, Blake goes looking for allies and finds Ming and Gina, two students who have learned how to play along. From them, Blake learns about the school's "induction education," a mind-training program set up by the government to train students to be teachers, cops and other types of community leaders. It's brainwashing and job training all in one. Somehow, Blake and his new friends must find a way to escape their predetermined fate. But who can they trust?
Issued also in electronic formats.
Online version: Choyce, Lesley, 1951- Rules have changed. Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers, 2021 1459826833 9781459826830 (OCoLC)1158015847