Heist Society by Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion February 9th 2010
Genre: YA Mystery, Thieving and a little Chick Lit
Series: OMG YES MORE HALE PLEASE!!
Other Books From Author: Uncommon Criminals (Book 2), Gallagher Girls series, Cheating at Solitaire series,
Source: Bought it, nothing a wallet cannot solve
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled toAustria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proved harder than she’d expected.Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
Unlike the classic tales of Robin Hood or Aladdin, Katarina is not just another stereotypical thief with a heart of gold. Carter takes the character of Kat to a new level. Not only is she a thief whom the reader feels sympathetic towards, but a thief who has a family and a conflicted life. By capturing the terminology of a high-end thief as well as creating dynamic characters, my first encounter with such a fast-paced chase of theft has left me in a whirlwind of shock and wonder.
Being a thoroughly enjoyable, cinema-ready adventure, Heist Society possess such details of thieving tools and techniques, lavish settings, and cast of eccentric characters, including possible spies and love interests, that I had suspicions of whether Carter herself was a great thief master herself. One thing’s for sure, this book definitely stole my breath away!
Carter uses details to highlight certain things and relationships, giving enough to keep the reader intrigued and wondering without losing the focus of the whole story. Her style is conversational, smooth, and clever, exposing Kat’s wry humor and steely determination. Amid themes of family loyalty and identity, the protagonist comes to understand herself, her beliefs, and her place in her family. Undeniably, this is a book you can never miss out!