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In a private-school conspiracy novel, 16-year-old Jason Weatherby knows exactly why he's at the Lambert School for the Gifted. And it's not for his brains. His dad is an influential state senator. It's this same connection that lands him a spot on the secretive Chamber of Five, the elite group of students who run the school with a shadow government, tapping into the same lIn a private-school conspiracy novel, 16-year-old Jason Weatherby knows exactly why he's at the Lambert School for the Gifted. And it's not for his brains. His dad is an influential state senator. It's this same connection that lands him a spot on the secretive Chamber of Five, the elite group of students who run the school with a shadow government, tapping into the same lines of powers as their parents. When he's asked to physically assault and ruin the reputation of another student as part of his initiation, Jason sees firsthand the depravity of the Chamber—and decides to work from the inside to take it down. But Jason taps into a conspiracy—and school secrets—far more insidious than he could ever have imagined. From award-winning author Michael Harmon comes a taut, thrillingly paced novel about the perils of privilege. Can one bold student set things right?...

Title : The Chamber of Five
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ISBN : 9780375866449
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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The Chamber of Five Reviews

  • Andrew Foley
    2018-12-23 08:26

    "The Chamber of Five" is a fiction story centering around a student struggling with the choice between right and wrong as he deals with his new status as a member of his private school's sacred group called the chamber of five. Jason Weatherby is under enormous pressure from his congressman father to succeed in school and being a member of the chamber is a crucial part of his success, but Jason does not agree with the motives or actions of the group and decides he must do something about it. As he deals with this internal fight between his morals and the reality of the world Jason finds himself caught up in a sticky situation as things get out of hand. I enjoyed this book as it dealt with the moral struggle of a student resisting the established system to stand up for what is right even though the system plays to his advantage. It was a quick read at just over two-hundred pages. I liked that the story had a little bit of mystery as it built up to the climax, it helped to keep me interested.As a future educator I would recommend this book to my students, more specifically students who seem to be resisting authority. The book deals with the main character's conflict with, an oppressive father, a powerful dangerous classmate, and his affection for a girl named Brooke. All these elements make this book a relatable story for adolescents to read. I would say that this book is a good read for students in grades 7 through 12.

  • Diane Ferbrache
    2018-12-29 06:19

    In the exclusive Lambert School for the Gifted, the Chamber of Five is in control. Members are chosen from the children of the wealthiest donors and they rule the school employing very questionable tactics. When Jason, the son of a Congressman, becomes the newest member of the group he begins to question everything -- why the Chamber exists and why the school administration and parents allow it. When his father tries to explain that money and power control everything -- in school and in life -- Jason decides to try to change things.It's difficult to explain this book without giving away too many of the twists and turns in the plot, but just know that this is a fast-paced, tense story. Although the actions sanctioned by the "Five" are greatly exaggerated and it is hard to believe they would be overlooked by parents and staff (at least I HOPE no one would overlook them), somehow it's believable. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Several scenes are definitely cringe-inducing. The plot builds to a heart-stopping climax. The ending is believable. The message is clear, but never overly didactic. I will definitely be recommending this book to my high school students.Note - as with all Harmon's books, there is profanity and some sexual conversation. This book is intended for high school and older students.

  • Jerbundy
    2018-12-30 08:25

    I read this to see if it would be a good one to recommend to my male students who do not like to read. I hope to get feedback from them.

  • Rene Kirkpatrick
    2019-01-18 12:22

    I couldn't put this down! It's about a private, elite high school that was originally formed for gifted children and eventually becomes a school for the wealthy and privileged. At the top of the school is a secret group of five who run the school. When our main character, Jason, is inducted into the group, he realizes just how degraded the group is. The single person in charge of everything is a violent and disturbed boy who doesn't like Jason but has to have him in the group because of his background. Jason, really doesn't want to be in the group, he wants to get through school and get on his way and out of his family. His dad is a state senator and is certain that Jason is going to law school and will pay anything to make it happen. Well, things get worse when Jason takes steps to get out of the group and when he nominates someone else into the circle. Violence escalates, people get hurt, and the power these children hold over the school and their classmates is obscene. Kind of like watching a train wreck, I had to stick with the book until it was done. I really liked how well the author paced the book. From the very beginning you know something is going to blow and you have to follow the road to the vent.

  • Sally Kruger
    2018-12-21 06:19

    Jason Weatherby goes to Lambert School for the Gifted. His father is a U.S. Congressman and expects his son to follow him in some sort of political career and going to the elite school is part of that plan.Lambert is controlled by a group known as the Chamber of Five. Jason has just become part of the group, but now that he is one of the insiders, he is learning about the corrupt dealings of this secret group. The leader of the Chamber assigns Jason the task of having a certain freshman removed from the school. The more Jason learns, the more he realizes that something must be done to shut down the Chamber and return to control of the school to the truly gifted students instead of the power-hungry bullies. When his father gets wind of Jason's plan, his temper flairs. Fed up with his father's abusive behavior, Jason continues on with his plan because he knows it is the right thing to do.Author Michael Harmon takes readers into the inner workings of the secret society within a private school. Jason proves that it is possible to stand up to corrupt forces to change things for his fellow classmates.

  • Susan
    2019-01-16 06:22

    Didn't finish- the language, and the cruelty of the young men who are the privileged sons of important men was sickening. Jason, a senator's son is welcomed into the "Chamber of Five," the upper and most elite of the elite at his school. He watches as a girl called before the group is emotionally pressured to remove her top to prove her worthiness. Then Jason is given the student file of a brilliant but nerdy student and as an initiation, told to ruin him and get him kicked out. The punishment for not doing it- Jason's family will suffer disgrace through the rumors and set-ups the Chamber of Five will create. They have already framed a young man as homosexual by coercing him to engage in oral sex with another young man, then took pictures without the young man's knowledge. The father of the boy, a fiery anti-gay minister was ruined because of the incident.

  • Lara
    2019-01-03 13:00

    TIL ellipses=DRAMA. Observe:From page 21:"In fact, she represented Congressman Hinks this last year concerning his... difficulties with monogamy."From page 54:"We had a... beneficial conversation."From page 57-58:"Kennedy let me know you were... upset.""He was... flustered about the sudden inability to breathe correctly, and honestly, I'm having a hard time holding him back with you.""Because you are who you are, and though I don't like to admit it, your father has... influenced the school quite a bit."If this were a made-for-TV movie, it would suck. It`s a silly book, but I did read it to the end, so, I guess it had... something.

  • Reader
    2019-01-10 07:57

    Jason Weatherby belongs in the world of Lambert School for the Gifted. His dad is a Congressman and has paid for Jason's spot among the powerful. However, Jason also knows that he does not like the corrupt nature of the school's club system, especially when intelligent people like Elvis are blackballed for being poor. Working from within, Jason vows to bring down the system. A run of the mill thriller, this mainly stands out as a good action suspense novel for male readers in a field that has had few titles this season. The power play with sexuality is a bit uncomfortable, but also tied into the plot arch. Even though good wins out, there are tense moments of wonder. For older readers.

  • David Jin
    2018-12-22 05:07

    Chamber of Five tied Brutal for my least favorite Harmon book, partially due to the mix of immature and very mature themes, the rather implausible plot, and the messy way the story flowed. It wasn't a bad book by any means. The writing was fine, the characters were well-developed, and the story was decent and fast-paced to keep me going. The problem is that once I finished, I had some trouble piecing together the logic in the plot because some of the events were convoluted and jumbled together. I guess I got confused.

  • Dolores
    2018-12-26 05:09

    This is one of those books that you tear through, but afterward you find yourself questioning. In many ways it is over the top, but without question it keeps the reader riveted. Harmon has a special way with bullying. There is a lot of tension and menace in this story of an elite school where the upper crust has taken their power too far. There is a lot of food for thought about our own society and political structure here as well.

  • John Worthington
    2019-01-10 12:14

    A picked this book up on a free shelf at the library and read it while riding as a passenger while visiting Boise. This book is about a private school that caters to the very rich and the very smart. There is a ruling body of five students who make all the rules and determine who gets the positions that will help them get into the prestigious schools. That is until a new student is selected for the Chamber of Five and determines to try and stop the corruption.

  • Tia
    2018-12-30 11:58

    I really like this book. It captured the deceit and greed which wealth and power of society and politics has on a family and school. There was a good amount of suspence and mystery. Very intriguing. My only complaint is the epilogue was written in a different style than the rest of the book (like the character's journal entry) which just ruined the flow in my opinion, but then again it was the end so... All in all, great book!

  • Brenda
    2019-01-11 05:18

    I read this e-book while on vacation. The book really held my attention even though it was "Young Adult." I could relate to some of the characters. The writing style made me not want to put the book down. Some of the actions in the book were hard to believe, and yet I know it could happen. I will seek-out this author again.

  • Lori
    2019-01-08 10:00

    I've enjoyed other books by Michael Harmon and thought I would try this one. It is not my favorite. It's almost like taking bits and pieces of lifetime movies and put them down on paper. The characters are "typical" and I remember a similar story from a movie in the 80's. It was just ok.

  • Ann
    2019-01-02 12:21

    4.5 rating. I can't put this book down. I love Michael Harmon's books and this does not disappoint. Privlege and power doesn't always make one happy and the students of Lambert School for the Gifted are not happy at all.

  • Greg
    2018-12-25 05:56

    Seemed a little unrealistic to me, but very fast paced and I couldn't put it down until it was done. Jason is a very likable character and it was very amazing the way he stood up to the Chamber of Five, which is made up for decent kids, but with a tyrant of a leader.

  • Leigh Paddon
    2018-12-27 11:58

    A really great book. It shows students about right and wrong, and how people in power are not always right.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-24 13:20

    A good beginning book for those not quite ready for the Chocolate War.

  • Stina Madison
    2019-01-04 11:24

    It really shows how unjust our society can be.

  • Katie
    2019-01-17 06:23

    A really good book. A lot more convoluted then I thought it was going to be. I really grew attached to the main character.

  • Adrianne Rosal
    2018-12-28 07:59

    Wonderful read. A story about right and wrong and finding the courage to do what needs to be done!!!!!!

  • Elsa
    2018-12-31 08:57

    I was apprehensive about reading this because I hate these kind of stories. This wasn't so bad though even though there were parts that were hard to get through.

  • Scott Freeman
    2019-01-16 06:04

    Back to the YA grind.