As the son of the worlds most famous tech billionaire, Jett Baranov has always gotten exactly what he wanted. So, when his fathers private jet drops him in the middle of Little Rock, Arkansas, at a wellness camp called the Oasis, Jett cant believe it. Hes forced to hand over his cell phone, eat grainy veggie patties, and participate in wholesome activities with the other kids.
At the Oasis, he meets Grace, who is his polar opposite. She thrives in the wellness atmosphere and resents Jetts terrible attitude. Then theres Tyrell, who suffers from a dizzying list of food allergies that render him constantly itchy. And also, Brooklynne, a girl who definitely seems to be hiding something.
As the weeks go on, Jett gets used to the unplugged life and even bonds with the other kids over their discovery of a baby lizard-turned-pet, Needles. But he cant help noticing that the adults at the Oasis are acting really strange . . .
Jett is determined to get to the bottom of things, but can he convince the other kids that he is no longer just a spoiled brat making trouble?
Jett is a typical spoiled rich kid. He thrives on causing chaos and has never had to face any real-life consequences because his tech billionaire father has always cleaned up his messes. Jetts constant whining and attitude made me want to kick him. But at least by the end, hes gone through some character growth. Whereas Grace was annoying throughout the entire book. This girl was way too into the Oasis and too easily irritable when it came to anyones negative views of the Oasis.
I like the setting of the Oasis, a mind and body wellness center where you have no access to electronics, eat a healthy vegetarian diet and meditate. This place does seem nice, but the Oasiss philosophy seemed a little borderline cult-like. The Oasiss philosophy is talked about so much that it stopped meaning anything after a certain point.
I did agree with what the Oasis was trying to accomplish. I probably could benefit from unplugging. Im constantly staring at a screen, whether a computer, iPad or iPhone. But unplugging from technology is kind of hard when you use a computer to do your job.
I dont think Id be able to handle an all-vegetarian diet. I dont absolutely love meat, but Im a picky eater, so I cant really afford to cut anything out of my diet. A vegetarian diet is indeed good for you and the environment, but you shouldnt shame others for eating meat because its their choice to eat meat, just like its your choice to not eat meat. Also, if you cant have the occasional sugary treat every once in a while, life is not worth living.
This story has many mysteries to solve. Why are the adults acting strange? What is Brooklynne hiding? What kind of reptile in Needles? If youve read as many books as I have, youll probably catch on quicker to what is going on. As few things are more obvious than others. Still, I enjoy any story whereall the seemingly unconnected mysteries tie up together in the end.