I remember this book fairly well. I'll try to provide what I remember about all points.
The cover was predominantly blue, with spirals across the whole thing. I think it had a person on it.
It was written by one of the authors of the original the-39-clues series, so either
- Gordan Korman
- Peter Lerangis
- Jude Watson
- Patrick Carman
- Linda Sue Park
It was fairly recent, so probably somewhere between 2009-2015.
It was two words, one of which might have been 'A' or 'The'.
There was a boy, who has discovered that he has hypnotic powers. He hypnotizes a hypnotist, which leads to him being accepted into an institute for researching hypnotism. I think the name of the institute started with a 'S'?
One day he's walking, and meets a guy who's also a hypnotizer (they called it bending I think). He's in charge of an organization of benders, who have all committed crimes with their powers, who are meeting in a restaurant or something. This guy tells him not to trust the guy who's in charge of the institute.
The main character (it's possible his name started with either Q, W, V, X, or J) goes back to the institute, where the guy in charge records him hypnotizing to vote for someone in an election, and then creates a virus that will go through the computers and hypnotize people. Our main character calls up the guy who he met and tells him that the bad guy rigged the election.
The guy comes to his house and discovers that main character's parents have been hypnotized to commit suicide if the main character tries to stop the bad guy, and they have to stop them from doing that.
So then the guy who he met (tree something?) gets his band of benders and goes to stop the rigging. The main character hypnotizes the guy who the bad guy has under control to drop out of the race. (I think that the guy who was going to be elected had the name of one of the main characters of the-shadow-children, but I'm not sure.)
In revenge, the bad guy hypnotizes the main character to jump off a roof or something, and they have to stop him.