Matt never considered the possibility that his parents would mess up, spend too much money, and go over their debt limit. But the unthinkable happened, and Matt was stolen away by the government to pay off his parents' debt. His nightmares of a dank, dirty factory are unfounded, though; instead, he's in a beautiful building with a pool and a gym and the ability to order anything he can dream of, from food to clothes to a personal helicopter. He quickly makes friends. For the first time, his school is challenging him, and the "work" is mostly programming and math modeling - challenges he enjoys. The workhouse seems to be a dream come true... but he can't shake the feeling that there's something more to it all. And then, of course, there's the small matter that he will never be allowed to leave...
It was just plain entertaining.
I thought the ending was pretty cheesy - I'm just going to say that upfront.
But, it was a fun, exciting, enjoyable story. The action moved at a good pace, there was never any information- or world-building-overload, and I never got bored.
Matt was pretty cool. He was intelligent, a little nerdy, and just fun. The side characters were a little lackluster, but I was willing to forget that because I liked Matt so much.
I enjoyed Landon's style very much. It was simple, very effective, and entertaining.
End Result: four stars. A good book, definitely worth your time.