Fifteen-year-old K discovers deception on all sides when she infiltrates a terrorist group
After narrowly escaping a bomb attack on New City’s subway system, K is asked to go undercover at a school run by the group responsible for the attack, the Brotherhood. New City’s citizenry sees the Brotherhood as the enemy; they are a large minority group that has existed outside the mainstream for many years. Orphaned at 2 when her parents were killed in a Brotherhood attack, K agrees to spy on the group, hoping to put a stop to their reign of terror. With a new identity, K moves into the Institute in order to identify students being lured into the Brotherhood’s extremist factions. But as K is assimilated into the Brotherhood, she begins to question everything she’s been taught about them. She wonders whom to trust, who the bad guys really are—and who she really is. In her debut, Waudby both draws parallels to real-world issues of religion and violence and makes them personal: K wants not only justice, but love, home, and a family. It’s an irresistible page-turner that’s full of complex characters rather than stereotypes, tackling a sensitive subject with storytelling that is as engrossing as it instructional about prejudice and the gray areas between right and wrong.
A timely and riveting debut thriller about tolerance and the complexities of truth. (Thriller. 13 & up)