The Destiny of Linus Hoppe (link to Amazon) is set in future-day France, where everyone is sorted into castes for the ease of the people living there. These groupings consist of Realm One, or the Protected Zone, where the elite live; Realm Two, where the working class lives; Realm Three, which consists of re-education camps, where they break the spirits of any rebels; and Realm Four, where the physically deformed and mentally retarded live. At age fourteen, the children of France take an exam to determine which realm they will live and work in for the rest of their lives.
Linus Hoppe, the child of prominent Realm One parents, is tired of the charmed, protected life he’s been given for no other reason than he was born to it. With the help of his sister Mieg, his friend Chem, and Realm Two citizen Yosh, he concocts a plan for having the adventure of his life: Failing the exam in order to become a Realm Two citizen.
Then Yosh introduces them to Mr. Zanz, the leader of an organization against the exam and what it stands for. When Mr. Zanz exposes the corruption behind the exam to him, Linus finds a new reason to switch realms: to protest the system.
Though the translation into English could have been better, Anne-Laure Bondeaux’s The Destiny of Linus Hoppe was enjoyable and is still a good adventure for kids who enjoy sci-fi. The sequel is The Second Life of Linus Hoppe, which I have also reviewed.