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OMEGA PLACE by Graham Marks

OMEGA PLACE

By Graham Marks

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-59990-127-5
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Paul Hendry walks out one night after a row with his new stepfather. Rather than go home, he attaches himself to a young couple he sees knocking out a closed-circuit camera on a public street corner. They belong to an organization called Omega Place, a secret activist group warning the English public about the intrusion of this electronic “Big Brother.” Paul is accepted into the group, but things begin to rock out of control when the police, the secret service and private industry all start to track Omega Place with increasing degrees of interest and hostility. Part spy novel, part thriller, this is primarily the story of a young man looking for family. An only child, Paul’s compatriots now take on the roles of siblings, with all the attendant rivalry. The leaders take on parental/avuncular roles, and the questions of whose advice to follow, and who to emulate are never far from the surface. This is a story of finding one’s place in society, the impact of peer pressure and ultimately, deciding whether to just go with the flow or take a stand. There’s no answer here, only food for thought. A good read, and highly recommended. (Fiction. YA)