Book Review: United We Spy, by Ally Carter

united_we_spy_coverThis long-anticipated conclusion of the Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter is both suspenseful and captivating, and I guarantee that it will undoubtedly live up to readers’ expectations.

Cammie Morgan returns to the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women with a newly fueled appreciation for life and a devastating fear of the future. Cammie, Bex, Liz, Macy, Zach and Preston– yes, he’s back– now know why the Circle of Cavan has been hunting them. Together, they must work to locate the Inner Circle before someone else does and succumb to their varying futures, for they cannot prolong them any further. Even Cammie the Chameleon, who is a prodigy in the art of deception and infamous for her talent of concealing herself in plain sight, cannot hide from the future.

I felt United We Spy was a stunning and heart-felt resolution to the saga. After Cammie’s crazily hectic and horridly torturous year, she is simply ecstatic to be breathing, conscious, and with her memory intact. I found myself favoring the new post-torture Cammie over the old carefree teenager she used to be; this was due to her newfound understanding of the enigmatical complexity of life and death. I believe that, even though Cammie had been in life-threatening situations previously, she had never thoroughly experienced just how dangerous the art of espionage had a potential to be before the whole memory-loss ordeal in Out of Sight, Out of Time. I felt that her acknowledgement of the risks of her aspiring vocation and her decided disregard of them is what considerably developed her character throughout the entire series.

After all,

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

-Albus Dumbledore

I was reminded of this quote when recounting my likeness for Cammie’s character development.

Although this book is not as exceptionally written as I think it could have been with such an incredible plot, readers must remind themselves that the story is supposedly written by Cammie, a teenage spy, not a prodigious author. Whether Ally Carter did this consciously or not I do not know, but I have learned to appreciate it all the same. I will additionally – and surprisingly – be able to earn Reading Counts points on United We Spy for English 8: Honors, as it has been given a higher Lexile and reading level than I would have assumed.

I recommend this series/book to girls who either 1) enjoy action packed tales of espionage, 2) like the Delirium Trilogy and/or Divergent Series, or 3) have read Ally Carter’s Heist Society books. Although this book did not make my list of favorites, I still considered it a quick, must-read (as I started and finished the book within an hour and a half). And for those of you who liked the first Gallagher Girls books, I promise you won’t be disappointed, for this book definitely did the series justice, and far exceeded my expectations.

-Danielle K., 8th grade

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