Heist Society by Ally Carter
Series: Heist Society #1
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: February 9th 2010
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 traveled 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.
This is the kind of book I see and immediately think that it will be super fun. I mean, there is a heist! With well-trained thieves! Unfortunately Heist Society wasn’t super fun. I found it to be a lackluster story that often made me want to cast it away to read something more satisfying. It makes me feel sorry to admit that I didn’t particularly like this book… Oh, wait, no, it doesn’t.
Kat Bishop is a girl that ran away from a life of conning and to a life in Colgan, one of the best schools in the country. But only after a short time, Kat is dragged back into the world of thievery by Hale, her friend and former partner, and also finds out that a mobster suspects that her father has stolen his collection of priceless paintings.
There is only one thing that Kat can do to save her dad: find the paintings and steal them back.
This kind of story could have been all kinds of exciting and adrenalin pumping. But the potential excitement is buried under a great amount of globetrotting, as well as the unearthing of background stories. And then when we actually get to the heist, it felt rushed and didn’t seem to have much effort put into the writing the event.
Kat and Hale, the two leads, were so flat that they could be compared to a cardboard cut-outs of a human beings. There is really nothing remarkable about them except for a couple of witty lines. I felt that Kat’s character was only made up by outside forces rather than internal, and Hale was just kind of floating around. Guys, I was totally expecting to gush over these two characters, so this revelation was a huge disappointment for me. I do think that they show signs of being interesting characters toward the end, but for me, it was already to late.
Despite my indifference toward Kat and Hale, I did enjoy reading about the rest of the gang! They were just so, so entertaining to read about. I also think that their loyalty to each other is quite touching. They stuck together like a family, even if not all of them are blood-related.
The writing did have an effect on me. The way Ally Carter worded things made me want to push through all the flaws and keep turning the pages. Plus, there was the cool addition of the ‘map’ pages that told how many days until deadline. They were just so pretty! <–I’m a sucker for illustrations of any kind.
Carter ties things up neatly. Although there are some unanswered questions that I really wished were answered. (Looks like I will be reading the second book…)
So overall, I wasn’t at all impressed with this story of thieves and art. I picked this book off the shelf with high expectations, and then placed it back on the shelf with disappointment. Which is sad, really, because this book had so, so much potential.
Read my read-a-long buddy’s review of Heist Society here. Savindi makes some great points and comparisons in her review 🙂