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United We Spy

Author: Ally Carter
Originally Published: 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Purchased

The Story

United We SpyFrom the inner cover flap:

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 leaders and stop them before they can implement a master plan that will change Cammie – and her country – forever.

The Response

I didn’t want to start this because I didn’t want the series to be over. I still don’t want it to be over! I miss Cammie, her friends, her family, and Mr. Solomon already. Alas alas! What is going to fill my spy boarding school void now?

The last book in Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series starts in the middle of their winter break, with Cammie and Bex helping Cammie’s mom track down a member of the Circle (the super secret evil organization in this series). Since things go wrong on this mission right off the bat, we’re thrown into action immediately, and the pace never slows down for a moment. We’re given chases, secret missions, evil secret organizations who have evil secret plots to start WWIII, and super hot boyfriends to deal with, while still trying to decide what is going to happen after *gasp* graduation! Seriously, so much fun right from the beginning of the book!

For those who haven’t read this series yet, it’s definitely something that you need to start at the beginning for. There’s so much here that builds on every previous book that starting with one of the later ones would result in a lot of confusion. But do pick up the first one. The series is just SO MUCH FUN. And I don’t want it to be over.

As far as endings of series go, this one was particularly good. Not only did everything get tied up really well, but it felt like Carter specifically took Cammie back to one specific location from the first book so we could see how much she has been through, and how much she has grown. It was really beautifully done!

It also didn’t feel like it was JUST the last book in a series. There were still new characters introduced, we had a new aspect of the story that hadn’t been explored before, even new areas of the school that we hadn’t seen before were explored! I really liked this – that there was still new aspects of Carter’s Gallagher Girls universe to be discovered.

I feel like I’ve gotten to know so much about all of these characters – and not even just the main character. Her best friends are all so well developed, and I’m really glad that they featured so prominently in this instalment. I feel that they’re all so well developed that they could stand on their own as the protagonist of their own books. You don’t always find that, so it’s super exciting. (Or of course as the main character of a crossover with the characters from her Heist novels.)

I don’t normally say this, but I really liked the epilogue for this, where we got to see where Cammie was in the future (even if it was only after summer break and at her first semester of college). It suited the whole feeling of the book.

The Bottom Line

Loved it! Sad the series is over, but definitely highly recommend it to anyone who loves spy stories. I’m thinking, now that this is over, I’m going to get back to Carter’s Heist novels and hope that she’s going to make more crossover stories.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:11 am June 4, 2014.
Category: Young Adult
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  • Jessica

    What is the first book called, Courtney?

  • Courtney Wilson

    I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You. No, seriously. That’s what it’s called.

  • Bibliomama

    Spy girls? Amnesia? Super secret evil organization? How did I miss this series, HOW?

  • Courtney Wilson

    I don’t know, but you you should definitely read it. It’s so cute!

  • Jessica

    lol… thanks! :)

  • Jenn vanOosten

    Oooh, I totally want to read these books!! thanks! :)