Explorer Academy is a very good start to a series. It’s about Cruz Coronado, a 12-year old from Hawaii who is accepted into Explorer Academy. It is a prestigious and selective school where the most talented children study to become explorers. When he arrives, Cruz meets kids with various talents, from futuristic scientists to acrobatic athletes. While studying to be an elite explorer and making allies, he encounters strange things that seem to threaten his life. He tries to excel in his various classes while trying to understand the mystery surrounding him. This book is very interesting, and it gives a refreshing and realistic take on talented kids.