I’ve been putting off writing this review for a while now as I just don’t know what to say; Orphan Monster Spy was so captivating that I never wanted to put it down & was so heart-wrenching that I was left short of breath & desperate for more. Orphan Monster Spy will definitely be one of the best books of 2018, not just for me, but for the whole YA historical fiction community.
I was sent a copy of this book by Usborne Publishing in return for an honest review.
This book contains anti-Semitic slurs, ableist slurs, extreme violence & war-related themes.
Even though my blog has been running like clockwork, it’s actually been a while since I wrote a review; & that’s because Orphan Monster Spy was next on my list. I’ve been so nervous about writing this review because the book was so incredibly well put together that I just know my review will not live up to it. Plus, I wrote hardly any notes, especially when you consider that this book is 400 pages long. Plainly, for me at least, Orphan Monster Spy was un-put-down-able, but also sickening & eerie, with a very small & cleverly orchestrated touch of humour that left me desperate for more.
A book like this is most definitely going to be a sinister read; the book revolves around an orphaned Jewish girl infiltrating a Nazi girls’ school in order to steal some very important blue prints from one of the girls’ fathers… in order to do this, main character Sarah has to do things & say things she never thought she ever could or would, & she puts her self in some of the most dangerous situations possible. Although this book is fiction, is it based on a very real, hard & horrific period of our world’s history & Killeen has managed to make sure that the reader never forgets that this setting was once very, very real; with constant reminders of facts about the war & how the Nazi’s treated their supposed inferiors, readers are sure to feel sick throughout the read.
Despite the book’s depressing background & plot, Killeen managed to lace some bits of humour throughout the entire story; Sarah’s wit & sense of humour brings a small amount of light into Orphan Monster Spy, making the book possible to read without actually vomiting. By the same token, Sarah’s mysterious spy companion drops his own jokes into the story throughout, which also helps to dispel the tension for both the reader & Sarah. Nevertheless, the underlying truth to how this series will end never vanishes from the reader’s mind, regardless of the humour & wit, making the conversations about the Nazi occupation & what they’re considering will be the right course of action in regards to the Jewish community very ominous & depressing.
I promised myself that I would make this review concise & compelling, & I really hope I have achieved that goal, because Orphan Monster Spy was phenomenal on so many counts & Matt Killeen deserves a lot of praise for the story he has created. I’m not just going to recommend this book to you, I’m going to tell you that if you feel strong enough to dive into Sarah’s life, then you absolutely must. This book is an adventure, but most importantly a lesson; one that we all should be taught.
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