Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Going Rogue by Robin Benway
320 pages, YA Contemporary, Espionage
Also Known As #2
My rating: 4.5 stars
Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her "new team" flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.
My 2 cents
The follow up sequel to Also Known As was just as good, if not better! I love this fun world that Benway has created for the reader, and I absolutely love the headstrong MC, Maggie. I also really the supporting characters of Jesse, Roux, and Angelo.
In this adventure, Maggie's parent's reputation and the family's very way of life is on the line. Maggie must prove her parent's innocence, or they will be kicked out of The Collective. But what starts as a seemly easy case for Maggie soon becomes quite complicated.
What really loved about this one was how high the stakes became. It really ratches up the tension for the reader, as well as the relationships with Maggie and her parents, as well as her relationships with Roux and Jesse. Also the setting felt more "spy." It starts out in NYC, but the last half of the book takes place in Paris, which was so cool! We also get to meet an entire new cast of spy characters, which was really fun!
I'm not sure if Benway has planned any more books for this series, but I'm hoping she does! I really want some more Maggie, Jesse, and Roux!