Published: September 10th 2013 by HachetteAU
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Goodreads ● The Book Depository ● Booktopia ● Bookworld
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.
The end of an era, the final book of the Gallagher Girls series. Covert operations, swooning, bullets (and blood) and danger are everywhere, but I’m kind of just glad the series is over.
Actually, United We Spy was a pleasure to read – much more serious and fast-paced than the other books. There are still incongruencies – Cammie’s still ogling boys at weirdly inappropriate moments (also, ogling her friends’ boyfriends – not cool!), still making those annoying lists, still unbelievably head-strong – but I think most of the things that frustrated me throughout the series are absent. The girls are no longer throwing themselves into danger without thinking of the consequences, and are generally more aware of the context of their actions.
I love the break-neck pace of the plot – there’s never respite from danger and the teen spies are caught up in the excitement from the first page. I love how people from the previous books made appearances throughout – it lends a sense of community and camaraderie to the spy game. However, Cammie is again very slow on the uptake – and I was able to figure out the plot-twists before her. In fact, it was so bad that I was actually exasperated when some of the ‘big reveals’ happened, because everyone else was so surprised and I was just rolling my eyes at everything.
I also noted that Cammie, throughout the last six books, met with many operatives from government agencies who didn’t know the true nature of the Gallagher Academy. These were people who’d spent their whole lives ‘in the fold’, but the secret of this spy-school was very well kept. So why, why, would there be a career’s fair? With representatives from secret agencies, in the US and abroad, trying to recruit the seniors on school grounds? And it seemed that younger students are allowed admittance into the fair, so why hadn’t anyone thought to mention it in the previous five books? It’s this great, big plot hole and Carter just expects readers to shrug and move on. Much like the solid rubber tyres affair, it annoyed me so much that I had to stop reading.
One of my favourite things about United We Spy is that someone finally called Cammie and her friends out on their entitled bullshit. Abby points out that they can’t whine about how they’re almost adults in the same breath as they point out they’re only kids. The poratongonsist of this series have long been straddling that no man’s land between child and adult, but never once proved they deserved to be treated as adults even while demanding it at the top of their lungs. So I was glad when Cammie’s mother told them to bloody act their age!
I’m glad this series is over – I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped and even though everyone kept telling me it gets better, it didn’t. At least, not until this book, and not in the ways I wanted it to. I wanted more maturity, more gravitas, more darkness, and I wasn’t interested in the fluffy, pink, fairy-loss adventures of a group of boy crazed teen spies.
Blogging Outside the Box is a feature at Speculating on SpecFic, where books outside the SFF banner are reviewed. It is intended to highlight some of the non speculative fiction titles I am reading and share my thoughts with readers.