United We Spy – Ally Carter

Synopsis

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

Review

It’s been 8 years since I first started reading this series. Call me sentimental, this felt like the end of an era. It’s another part of my childhood coming to a close. Granted, I stopped reading this series for a really long time. I distinctly remember waiting two years for the fourth book to come out in paperback (eventually giving up and just buying the hardcover). Then waiting another few years before picking this series up again for the last two books.

I can’t critique this book. This series has shaped who I am. What I’m interested in, and my reference point for all other spy books (but really, it IS about hiding in plain sight!). It was amazing seeing Cammie grow up over time, and growing up right along with her. By the fourth and fifth books, I felt the series was so detached from its original premise that I must not have been remembering everything correctly. I loved the games, the tips, the lessons, and the school. But by the end, none of that mattered in the real world. Besides, the people were way more important than any physical building.

Plus, this last book did a splendid job of connecting everything together, full-circle. Getting answers. Getting closure. Ending Cammie’s journey. She even got a chance to see Roseville again, reminisce about Josh, and remember how important normalcy had once seemed. Cammie learned to embrace herself. Her past and her future.

A few other things that had me grinning from ear to ear:
1. The need for periwinkle.
2. Learning who Townsend REALLY was.
3. Learning all their futures.
4. The butterfly effect.
5. Closure on Catherine.
6. Career fair redux.
7. Blackthorne Boys (plural)!

Carter is a master of foreshadowing. She plants little seeds everywhere, only for them to flourish (either later in the same book, or later in the story). I like glancing over seemingly unimportant details, only to recall them later when everything is revealed. And that is perhaps the best part: finally getting everything out in the open, and settling into a delicate peace.

Related Reading

  • You really have to read the whole Gallagher Girls series first. Ally Carter knows what she’s doing. Her Heist Society series probably fits the bill too.
  • Boy Nobody – Allen Zadoff
  • A Girl Named Digit – Annabel Monaghan (I hope — this is next on my TBR pile!)
  • Also Known As – Robin Benway (another TBR)
  • How to Lead a Life of Crime – Kirsten Miller (is this what they teach at Blackthorne Academy?)

Rating: 5/5

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