I wanted to like this book. I really did. But it didn't happen. I felt the book ignored the "show, don't tell" rule and all I got was: this happened. I didn't connect with Ethan as a character and felt that the interaction between him and the other people on the train, including the headmaster, didn't make sense. And it really bugs me that it isn't mentioned what it is exactly that they're studying on the Study Train that makes them world leaders if they complete the programme, not once does Frenier tell us about this.