Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
Steven L. Layne
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The highly anticipated sequel to This Side of Paradise—which Kirkus heralds as “an entertaining, suspenseful thriller”—Paradise Lost delivers the same chilling scenarios and head-scratching secrets that fans expect from author Steven L. Layne. Meet Chase Maxfield. After a summer break, the former wallflower returns to school with a new found confidence to match his sudden, yet classic, good looks. His popularity even pulls the attention away from golden boy Troy Barrett. But not everyone is enamored with the overnight class favorite. Troy’s brother, Jack, suspects something sinister is behind Chase’s unexpected transformation, and his skepticism only grows as other eerie events occur.

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  • Fantasy

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Paradise Lost by Steven L. Layne is the second book in the series about two brothers, Jack and Troy Barret, who seem to have a knack for adventure. When the new school year begins, strange things occur such as transformation of a quiet boy, Chase Maxwell, into the most popular kid in high school. Things really get interesting when Jack and Tory start seeing their dad's alter ego, Mr. Eden, who is presumed dead. When they last saw Mr. Eden he had tried to kill them. Then Chase Maxfield is attacked in a pool by one of Mr. Eden's colleagues.

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The Barrett family is running from an ugly past with memories of a lost mother and a dead father. Life with their eccentric grandmother seems relatively safe in comparison, until Chase, a former geek shows up with a miraculous transformation and secrets beyond comprehension. A series of mysterious events and dangerous close calls leaves Jack, the eldest boy, struggling to protect his family and friends. The reappearance of droids that resemble humans leads to even more danger and desperation. Can Jack overcome his insecurities to save his family and friends, or will he die trying?

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