From the back of the book:
The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan – an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an Alpine convent and discovers that months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home.
Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The circle is hot on their trail and will stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.
So this one doesn’t exactly pick up where the last one left off… but it DOES pick up at exactly the moment following the last moment that Cammie remembers from the previous book – when she set out on her own to learn why the Circle was hunting her. Unfortunately for both Cammie and the reader, that was months ago and we have no idea what has happened to her in the meantime.
It was actually kind of neat discovering what summer-Cammie had been doing at the same time that present-Cammie herself was learning of it… as well as discovering what present-Cammie is now capable of (dangling a teacher over the railing without knowing that she had even made a mover, for instance).
There were two things that made this book super awesomer than the other books. Actually, no, there were three.
First, it surprised me. I mean, it’s not unusual for this series to have double agents, but I still didn’t see it coming!
Second, it took us on a scavenger hunt across the world, what fun! We were in Ireland and Rome and Switzerland just to name three places.
Thirdly, oh I love Joe Solomon so much! Love love love love! (I remember the first few times I had crushes on adult characters in teen movies and novels instead of the main teen love interests… it was shocking, but now when characters like Joe Solomon are involved, it is TOTALLY worth it.)
Oh! And most importantly, yay girls who kick ass! There’s something so encouraging and heartwarming to read books about girls and women who are that smart and strong and who fight for themselves. It always makes for such an amazing story.
This book was so cute! So so cute! Do not want this series to end at all! Am missing it already!
The Bottom Line
Highly recommend this book to people who haven’t started the series yet – especially for those readers who secretly want to learn how to become a spy themselves. ;)