Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 6n/a5.049998


Sixteen-year-old Blake has always been the responsible one in his dysfunctional family -- the one who drives safely, gets good grades, and looks after his wild younger brother, Quinn. Quinn is his brother's opposite -- a thrill-seeker who's always chasing the next scary rush, no matter what the cost. But Quinn and Blake are in for the surprise of their lives when they're thrust into the world of a bizarre phantom carnival -- and their souls are the price of admission.

In order to save his brother, and himself, Blake must survive seven different carnival rides before dawn. Seven rides...it sounds easy. But each ride is full of unexpected dangers, because each ride is a reflection of one of Blake's deepest fears. And the last ride is the worst one of all. Because that's the one that confronts Blake with a terrifying secret from his past -- a secret he's been running from for years.

Full of roller-coaster twists and turns, Neal Shusterman's latest page-turner is an Orpheus-like adventure into one boy's psyche.

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on June 1, 2003 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0689803745
ISBN-13: 9780689803741
3 Book Reviews
  • EmersonFriday, September 27, 2019 at 6:50 am
    This book is the best book I have ever read. As you are reading, it feels like you are a part of the book.
    • mister EWednesday, June 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm
      so good i wish i had it
      • necto5
        necto5Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8:28 am55 stars
        amazing! loved it so much.