Publisher's Note:  

The second entry in an all-new, mesmerizing adventure from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Gordon Korman!

Jax Opus knows he's not like other kids. And it isn't his skill on the basketball court or his test scores that set him apart. No, Jax is different because he can hypnotize people. In fact, he might be the best hypnotist the world has seen in a very long time.

You would think Jax would be happy about this. But really? It's ruining his life. He and his family are hiding from a master hypnotist who wants Jax out of the picture . . . forever. And the FBI is also starting to ask questions about Jax and his abilities.

Jax thinks life might be getting a little better when a very rich, very powerful man asks him to help out with something. The reward will be great. And the price -- well, the price is that Jax starts taking on the man's memories. And some of them are pretty deadly.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Gordon Korman keeps the thrills coming and the adventure nonstop as the past and the present collide to build a memory maze that Jax Opus may never escape.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Scholastic Press (A Scholastic Imprint)

The Hypnotists Book 2: Memory Maze

by Gordon Korman

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Overall Review:  

Memory Maze is the second book of Gordon Korman's The Hypnotists series.  Second installments in a series can be difficult to keep at the same pace as the first, but Korman does a great job of continuing the fast action and convoluted plot of The Hypnotists.   The beginning feels a tad melodramatic, like he's trying just a bit too hard to hook the reader, but it does the job; after the first chapter the book settles into a much more palatable rhythm.  As the Opus family settles into their new home in hiding, Jax struggles to understand and control his potent hypnotic powers.  The struggle of the extraordinary trying to fit in with the ordinary is engaging and believable, as is the turmoil caused when all Jax's efforts to be invisible come to naught.  The pace of the book picks up to an almost dizzying speed at the climax, and leaves the reader with a cliffhanger that both resolves current issues and sets a compelling stage for new ones.  With new, interesting characters and the hauntings of old enemies, Memory Maze should satisfy all the cravings left from the first book, and create even more for the third.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Description of battle, bullets flying, men dying, man shot in throat, grenade explosion and character's reaction to undescribed results; a character hits head, almost drowns; nine year old boy attempts to throw brother down the stairs in rage; characters find broken body of a suicide victim, no details; character is shot in the stomach; a character bangs his face into cement stairs; character is punched; one character tries to stab another; character is involved in a brawl, punched in the face and nose broken; memory of a car crash; scene describing the dragging of a body from the water;  a character's nonviolent death;  a character is grabbed and held in choke hold; character kicked in shins; character tackled to the ground; verbal threats;  a character dies a non-detailed violent death.


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Conspiracy, mind control, kidnapping, death.

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Reviewed By Kristen
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