The Faustian Host (Apocalypse Signs #1) by Dave Becker
Plymouth Rock is bleeding. Day has turned to night. Hundred-pound hailstones level buildings. The small town of Clement seems cursed, and the residents know who's to blame: the new kid, Tony Marino.
After losing his family and his home, 14-year-old Tony is forced to move from Florida to Massachusetts to attend Kalos Academy, an unconventional school for gifted children. Strange things begin to happen the day he arrives, and soon stories of plagues, monsters, and mystical objects surround him. Refusing to believe superstitions, Tony struggles to explain the occurrences logically, until he comes face to face with a satanic cult determined to bring about the end of the world
The students that attend Kalos Academy are gifted. After the student passes the initial tests to get into the school,they will never have to take a test again throughout their whole High School days. He has to take tests in several different subjects thinking that there was not way he was going to pass them and felt like he didn't belong there. He was not as conservative or preppy as the other students there.
Tony is used to being alone and taking care of himself. In the book he is described as "feisty" by one of his teachers and there were times when he was very argumentative and often spoke his mind.
There are some interesting and creepy things that are going on at the school. Nobody seems to trust Tony and this has raised the level of uncomfortableness between him and the other students.
There is some religious aspects to the story when trying to solve the mystery. Talk of cults, ancient magic, creatures, and crazy weather. It would actually be a really great Halloween time read as well. It's another book that I couldn't chose a favorite character, they were all great. 5 stars.