WARP: The Reluctant Assassin
by Eoin Colfer [j Colfer]
Now – Seventeen year old Chevie wants to be an FBI agent more than anything. After an incident Chevie is sent to to London to guard a large metal pod. Chevie knows the FBI only sent her so she would be out of the way, so she won't cause anymore problems. After a few months of the most boring assignment the FBI has to offer something starts happening with the pod, something bad. 1898 London – Riley really doesn't want to be an assassin but his master Albert Garrick will kill him if he doesn't do as he's told. Garrick insists he kill their next target. But Riley can't make himself do it. The old man wakes up and Garrick forces Riley's arm into stabbing the man. Then there is a flash of light, and Riley and the man seem to vanish, leaving Garrick in the dust. The Reluctant Assassin is at its essence, a time travel story. That the characters jump from present day London to 1898 London frequently make the story very interesting. Throughout the majority of the book Chevie and Riley are just trying to flee from Garrick, which I felt did get a little old. I do think that younger readers, late elementary school to middle school age, would enjoy it and I believe that is more the target audience. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the Artemis Fowl series, also by Colfer.] -- recommended by Wyatt P. - Gere Branch Library
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