By Patrick Ness
Miss Quill has put Charlie, Ram, Tanya, April and Matteusz in detention while she goes out and takes care of other matters. While trying to use a spare key to escape their fate an asteroid comes through the rift and enters the classroom transporting it to a void that is not in any place in time and space. The problem with this piece of the asteroid is that it feeds of the negative feelings of the person holding it and thus makes you reveal your true feelings about your friends.
The thing about holding the meteor is that you can only hold it for a little bit of time before it consumes you. Charlie finds out that the meteor is holding the essence of an alien murder and that they all have been transported to its prison. They all discover that they are trapped in this prison and they only way they can figure out to get out is to hold the meteor and ask it questions but in doing so they reveal more of themselves than they really want to.
I really liked the claustrophobia feel to this story and the way they got on everyone’s nerves. I also liked the way Charlie developed into more of solid character instead of the naïve nitwit he has been. In fact I’m glad they actually had Charlie do something besides standing around as he was the one that actually saves the day. But the mystery still is there for us to find out why Charlie is worse than the murder that was trapped in the meteor and was able to defeat him. I like this side of Charlie to finally see him do something and to add some mystery to him still.