Heist Society- Ally Carter

Synopsis: 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 travelled to Austria…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 proves 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.

 

Violence

Mention of explosions, someone being shot or going missing, burned alive and being bitten by an alligator. Kat (and her family) are threatened. Smoke bombs and someone is knocked out because of the smoke.

 

Romance/Sexuality

Women eye Kat’s dad. Mention of Gabrielle’s mother being engaged (again.)

Kat barges into Hale’s room, and he jokes about being naked. Characters flirt, act as a couple, or dress to get attention in order to provide a distraction, to find information or to blend in. Kat is kissed in order to buy time.

Kat is teased about boys, and comments are briefly thrown around about her legs and bra size.

 

Alcohol/Substance

A rhetorical question is asked; “should alcoholics go to liquor stores?”

One of the characters pretends to be tipsy, testing out the museum’s security.

 

Authority

Kat’s family are thieves, and stories are regaled of past heists. Kat and her crew do a ‘job’ behind the back of the patriarch in the family.

Kat has to steal re-steal paintings and gives them back to rightful owners (referred to as a double negative = positive).

 

Language

Darn.

 

Religion

Mention of nuns, a Gutenberg Bible and Prometheus- a character in Greek mythology who stole fire.

 

Overall feel: It’s a fun book. You have a countdown, a skeleton crew and the world’s most secure museum to raid… how will they do it?

Kat is a good character. She’d tried to leave the life of a thief behind, only to be called back again- but she vows she will only return objects to their rightful owners. It will keep you wondering until the end, and even though it is mainly a scheming/action novel, Ally Carter manages to tug at your emotions as well.

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