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Published by Simon and Schuster on September 3rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Spy, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: From Publisher
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Kari plunges into the world of espionage on a mission to save her parents while trying to impress the guy she’s been in love with forever.
When sixteen-year-old Kari’s dad sends her an unexpected text, she and her brother immediately go into hiding. Because when your parents are superspies and your dad declares a Code Black, it can only mean something bad. Very bad.
Kari soon discovers that her parents have been disavowed and declared traitors, and she’s determined to clear their names. Breaking into the Agency seems like a reasonable plan, especially with the help of a team that includes her longtime crush, Luke, as well as her two best friends—an expert hacker with attitude and a master martial artist—and Luke’s popular, vindictive twin sister. Oh, and a new guy, who’s as cute as he is complicated...
This was fun and fast read! There’s excitement, playful banter between characters, lots of action and of course some secret spy work that all came together to make something really enjoyable.
Our main character, Kari, receives a coded emergency message from her parents and along with her brother, goes into hiding. But something appears to be wrong when her parents never show up to their safe destinations so Kari, with a little help from her friends, goes on a spy adventure and rescue mission to try to find out what happened. I honestly haven’t read a lot of YA spy books, if any, but I love the concept! I did discover, however, that you have to be somewhat open-minded and suspend a bit of disbelief with the plot. I mean obviously in real life a lot of aspects of the story would be impossible but once you throw out your real life expectations, it was a lot of fun! There were moments where I was easily able to figure out details that would happen beforehand but there was also one twist I can honestly say I did not expect and I like that the story took that direction. Since it is a series, it will be really interesting to see where it will go from there. Of course there is the actual spy work with disguises, computer-hacking and of course some butt-kicking going on!
The characters were all fun. Kari’s little brother was the super smart, you’d never guess he was only 7 years-old type. I adored him and how dedicated Kari was to protecting him in her parent’s absence. There is the crush, Luke, who was sweet and a little quiet and then Evan with whom Kari banters with throughout the entire novel. I think I enjoyed that the most. Such a playful hate that leads to friendship and who knows what could be in the future. The characters were all well rounded for a shortish novel and combined with the plot made a great read in this genre.