Published: May 17th 2016
Series: Classified #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Her mission is to get close to him for inside information.I received a copy of this novel from Net Galley in return for an honest review.
His mission is to kidnap her for a supernatural militant group.
Recruited in her teens for a life of espionage, Julia Caldwell, now 19, is the youngest CIA agent on record. Her mission is simple: get close to Cole Thomas for intel on his father, a known and dangerous weapons dealer. As she grows closer to Cole, something is off. He might not be who she thinks he is. And worse, his mission will put an end to hers.
Always believing the government’s story that her purpose in life was to keep the world safe, Julia doesn’t know who to trust or who to believe. But now, THE SWAY has a different story—a different purpose for her—that goes well beyond all she ever imagined. -Goodreads
I think the best way to describe this novel is disappointing. The plot description in the blurb made it sound really intriguing, a spy novel is always a positive in my mind, but unfortunately the novel didn't live up to its promising blurb.
The writing style of this novel was difficult to read: at times it wasn't clear exactly what was going on or which character was carrying out the action. Sometimes it read like the author had missed out passages of the text and that these missing lines would've made the whole novel read better.
The main character in this novel, Julia really irritated me. She started out really well, she seemed mature and kick ass and in control in the beginning of the novel. I was excited to read more about this character, and I was hopeful that she would be one of my favourite characters of the year. Unfortunately these positive characteristics seemed to disappear when she met Cole (our insta-love, good looking side character), she became a giggling teenage girl who was prone to swooning and having to be carried around in Cole's arms!! Something in the plot about her getting her emotions back (??) turned her into some sort of emotional dramatic crying mess who really irritated me!
Another thing that really annoyed me about this novel was the relationship between Julia and Cole, there was so much insta-love (or more like insta-lust in this case!) and very little actual information and descriptions to base their "love" for each other on. There was very little evidence in the novel of these feelings for each other, and this really irritates me! They spent most of the novel making eyes at each other and blushing, which got on my nerves really early in the novel. I also thought the novel took place over a very short period of time (maybe this was only me!), which makes their relationship even less realistic and even more like insta-love!
I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel, that's actually what rescues it from an even lower rating. The partnership between Julia and Mickey was real and based on their time spent together, and I wish the whole novel had been about them as partners. Knight's writing in the beginning is very good, her development of the story and her character building is very impressive, somehow she is unable to continue this very far through the book.
Some of the speech was very clunky to read, it was stilted and didn't read how teenagers would talk to each other of how World Leaders would address each other either!!
This novel is quite short, its only 230 pages, and I believe it could have been greatly improved by being lengthened. Further explanations of "The Sway", the different "superhero powers", the falling in love and finding your soulmate thing, and a number of other things. This demonstrates just how many questions I had at the end of the book, and I realise that there are other books coming in which some of these questions will be answered, but I really had more questions than I had answers. I wasn't even sure what the big "world destroying event" was, and it was the driving force behind most of the action in this novel.
Overall this novel was ok, it had an interesting, fast paced plot, but it was sadly let down by poor writing and really irritating characters.