Gordon Korman’s Masterminds (2015)
Eli lives in a perfect town: Serenity, New Mexico. Every house has a swimming pool, every kid has a tree house, and there’s no such thing as crime.
Eli has never been out of Serenity before — there’s really no reason to leave — but one day he and a friend go for a bike ride that takes them beyond the town limits. Eli looks back and sees the sign “Welcome to Serenity” behind him. All of a sudden, he feels sick to his stomach and gets a blinding headache. He tries to keep up with his friend, but he can’t. He topples from his bike, afraid he’s dying.
The next moment, a large military-type helicopter thunders in and lands near him. Inside the helicopter is Eli’s dad — and a half-dozen security guys. They load him into the helicopter and inject him with a sedative that knocks him out. That’s the last thing he remembers from that very strange day.