Cammie has no idea what happened. She just knows that she tried to run away, and then ended up in a convent in Austria. Covered in scars. Months later.
The Circle of Cavan is trying to kill her. Gallagher Academy is trying to protect her. But the biggest danger could be her own mind — her fears, her worry, and the things she doesn’t she’s even done.
The Circle could have had her. And she might have told them… not that she knows what she might have told them. She doesn’t even know why they want her. All she knows is that having amnesia can be a very dangerous thing…
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls; Book 5
Genre: YA spy thriller
Style: 1st person, past tense
I gave the first book of this series (I’d tell you I love you, but then I’ll have to kill you) 3 and a half stars. I was feeling harsh. I gave the fourth book four stars. And this one? Five all the way. It was awesome.
Gone were any slightly irritating emphasises on see-a-boy-oh-he’s-hot. Gone is the light-hearted, completely funny feel. These books have darkened up. And do I like it? Yes I do.
There wasn’t really any danger at the beginning of the series. They were spies, sure, but nothing pressed them. This book? Creepy! I loved it. I loved the danger, I loved the uncertainty, I loved the plot, and I completely love the characters. I still love Liz best.
When I first started reading it, I thought, “Amnesia? Really? I don’t want to read about her remembering things. Give me something fun.” I kept reading. Next thought? “Amnesia? This is amazing. Brilliant. I can’t believe I was ever doubtful.” (Another benefit of Amnesia is that the book can have very heavy themes and have very low violence. Highly impressive.)
As I just said, the violence was low. But the author is a master, because she used such mild violence to create a web so delightfully horrifying that the reader simply cannot stop reading. They want to know if Cammie’s suspicions about what happened over the summer are correct. The reader can’t stop until they know the truth… and why Cammie’s changed so much. What happened to her?
It was pretty action-filled the whole way through. Not the most bang-action-scene-every-three-seconds book I’ve ever read, but there’s not a dull moment. Saying that, I was expecting a lot more of the climax. It sort of mellowed. Going from past Gallagher Girls books, there was a spot that I was convinced was the climax, and I was expecting something awesome. It had all the makings to be a spectacular finale. But it wasn’t. A shocking (and perfect) twist was coming, but all the same, I was a little disappointed. Not enough to drop the rating, though, because the book was just too good.
Bex annoyed me a little at the beginning. The “old favourites” were different. They slid into their own grooves eventually, and it explained why… but all the same, I wasn’t enthralled with that. Zach (Cammie’s new boyfriend… sort of… maybe) was just as mysterious and enigmatic as ever. Yes… he’s pretty cool. Especially because he is trained as– sorry. I mustn’t spoil anything, mustn’t I? I love the characters in these books because they’re real. They feel real. They have a human quality to them. There’s nothing unrealistic about them. They are people. That is great.
I think people love to read uncertainty. It paints what they’re feeling as they read into a book. No one is certain in this book. No one is certain of anything. And that’s part of why it’s got such a creepy element in it. It’s uncertain. And I love that. Books don’t need to show you terrible things to scare the reader. Alluding to them is good enough. And that’s impressive.
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