Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
Published March 20, 2018
Hardcover, 423 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 5/5 STARS
(Thanks to firsttoread.com, I received an eARC)
A Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school in this highly commercial, relentlessly nail-biting World War II drama!
After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah–blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish–finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s a spy, and he needs Sarah to become one, too, to pull off a mission he can’t attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass, befriend the daughter of a key scientist, and steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. With years of training from her actress mother in the art of impersonation, Sarah thinks she’s ready. But nothing prepares her for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined.
I need to start this review by saying, this book literally blew my mind! It was such a well written book with such a deep plot. It was moving and intense and just everything and more than I could have asked for. There were so many times I needed to pause while reading because it was just so intense, but I didn’t want to because I needed to see where this whole storyline was going. I was disturbed by a lot of what happened, but it’s one of those things that just needs to be told, in my opinion.
Sarah, wow, I don’t even know where to start with her. She was brilliant, and strong, and just an amazing character. The way she handles herself in the boarding school was immensely respectful. All of the side plots this girl was put through and she never gave up she just kept pushing through it all.
To be honest I’m not usually this biggest fan of historical fiction, but for some reason this book just pulled me in. It was a very fast paced read, and kept me thoroughly immersed in the story the whole time. I will absolutely be reading this one again, no doubt about it.