I had to keep telling myself that this was a teen book. I read it with my book group and we all enjoyed it. If you don't think this could happen in the United States just remember what the Japanese had to deal with even if they were born here. Little by little it starts and before you know what is happening people are put in jail "for their own good". Why else are little children in cages now? I had never read any books by his author but will now. It wasn't perfect, but how many books are?