27. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Fiction, Teen Books, Thriller/Suspense

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller, 387 pages, read by Courtney, on 01/09/2012

I’m so glad that I had my middle school book group read this one, because it gave me a chance to read it as well.  I can’t believe I put it off for so long!  This was an utterly delightful read with interesting characters and tons of twists and turns.
Ananka meets a strange, pale girl at school who seems to appear and vanish at will.  Shortly before this new girl arrived on the scene, Ananka was witness to a giant sinkhole that revealed an entrance to an underground city, though the sinkhole got filled in and Ananka was left wondering if she’d ever be able to find out more about it.  After trailing the mysterious pale girl, she finally meets her face to face and it turns out to be Kiki Strike.  Together, they round up rogue girl scouts with nearly criminal talents and form the Irregulars.  And the Irregulars are about to go exploring and mapping the Shadow City, which appears to stretch all the way along Manhattan roughly 40 feet underground. Things quickly go wrong and Kiki disappears.  The Irregulars are left to wonder just who this Kiki girl really is, aside from a brilliant mastermind.
The plot clips along at a brisk pace, even though the story takes place over 2 years.  I have issues with the ending, but I’ll let that go in light of a portrayal of some very, very clever girls who have a fantastic sense of adventure.  I wish I had been able to read this when I was 12.  Definitely recommended for smart girls with a rebellious streak.  And no romance! Or paranormal stuff!  What a relief!

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