Kristin Landon has done a great job creating a believable future world, in which if your family exceeds their debt limit the oldest child can be taken to a workhouse to work off the debt. The main character in this young adult novel is a boy named Matt. He is smart, but his parents aren't good with money. They go over their limit and Matt is taken. His contact with the outside world is blocked and he discovers that all is not as it should be.
I found this book to be fascinating. Landon has introduced a few ideas that seem like they could actually happen in the future. It's clear from the beginning of the book that the people agreed to this program, but the government has begun pushing it further than the original intention. This idea seemed eerily familiar to me.
I highly recommend this book. Young adults and adults alike will enjoy this book. It was fairly fast paced, with interesting characters and a unique science fiction world. This might be a good introduction to science fiction for younger readers.