The Hypnotists

// December 15th, 2013 // Book Reviews

Title: The Hypnotists

Author: Gordon Korman


Jackson Opus has always been persuasive, but he doesn’t know that he’s descended from the two most powerful hypnotist bloodlines on the planet. He’s excited to be accepted into a special program at the Sentia Institute — but when he realizes he’s in over his head, Jackson will have to find a way to use his powers to save his friends, his parents, and his government.

My Book Review:

Who has read a book about hypnotism? I certainly hadn’t. So when I heard Gordon Korman released a book about hypnotism, and he was going to be at a Barnes & Noble in my area, I HAD to go. I knew Gordon Korman was a good author because I had read the books he wrote in the 39 Clues series, so I had high hopes for this book. When I met Gordon Korman, he was really nice. He answered every question and even read us a portion of The Hypnotists. Below is a picture of me with Gordon Korman.

My brother and I with Gordon Korman.


The book isn’t really a fantasy novel. It includes a lot of things that could have been real. It takes place in present day New York. I think of it as more realistic fiction than fantasy. My mom tells me this genre is called magical realism.

The beginning is a little slow. Besides that, the book is very enjoyable and clever. In the book, hypnotism is when somebody connects with something. If that person stays connected for too long, you can feel the person who was  being hypnotized’s emotions. Happiness, anger, and even sadness. Jax, the main character, had that experience when he hypnotized someone for too long. The man who was hypnotized’s wife had died in 9/11, and he felt the man’s sadness.

Many of the parts in the book made me laugh. Jax had a humorous tone in his voice, even when he was thinking. Even when he got angry,  he sometimes thought angry but funny things.

This book is the first in a series. You can tell because the villain, Elias Mako, was never defeated, so I suspect Jax will face more challenges in the future. I plan on reading the next books in the series.

I rate this book 9 out of 10. I enjoyed almost all of the book, except for the relatively slow beginning. All in all, the book is amazing.

One Response to “The Hypnotists”

  1. Jen malone says:

    Thanks for this review! I’d been looking for one last book to get my boys for Christmas and, based on this, I think this would be perfect for them. Great picture!!!

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