This is the first book in a new series that seems to be somewhat daring on the part of the author. Using Muslims, and extremists in particular, seems a very bold move - one that seems almost designed to inflame people's opinions. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author made no judgements and told a well thought out story, that includes elements of Muslim culture and Muslim extremists, but does not use gratuitous, in-your-face views. Maya is a believable heroine, and she does not rely on gadgets or the support of adults and secret agents. The story feels very real, and Maya is easy to relate to and I look forward to reading more books in this series if the author can keep up the pace.
If you like this book then try:
- Deep end by Sam Hutton
- Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
- The recruit by Robert Muchamore
Reviewed by Brilla