In most “coming-of-age” stories, the main character undergoes a vast amount of change. The main character’s values and attitude completely depend on this change. All or most of these changes rely on influence from other characters or main events in the story. In the book by Mark Frost, The Paladin Prophecy, a teenage boy named Will surprisingly scores off the charts on a National Test. His score announces that his whole world is about to change, leaving his world behind. Marie Lu, a New York Times literary critic, dives into the problems and successes of the young adult novel. Many of her points are personal opinions void of any understanding as of the meaning the author intended imply. Although her points lack in some areas, some of the points remain relevant and relatable with other readers. The main points of her review include the lack of an extremely high-tech or special school for these kids, the lack of women in The Center, and Will’s relatable characteristics. Presently, I disagree with both the first and second opinions while still agreeing with the third.
Generally, fictional schools tend to be more on the imaginative and unrealistic side of an already unrealistic genre. Rather than taking the road most taken when writing his novel, Frost chose to implement a regular elite school that is known for making leaders and skilled young adults. “If a superhero is going to school, shouldn’t it have the charm of Percy Jackson’s Camp Half Blood...Harry Potter’s ‘Potions and