September 27, 2016
Pat O'Toole and his brother, Coop, are on the run from an enemy that specializes in hiding in plain sight. Along with their new companion, Kate, they've narrowly escaped a cultlike community situated beneath the streets of New York City. Kate has lived underground since birth, and the world above thrills her, but it's treacherous as well. With the cult's leader -- Kate’s grandfather -- hatching a new scheme of global consequence, the three runaways may be the only ones who can stop him. Will they face him head-on, or will they spend the rest of their lives as fugitives?
The adventure that started Beneath concludes Above in this action-packed middle-grade thriller by Roland Smith!
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The premise of this book was fascinating. What did happen to the many 1960s radicals like the Weathermen? All of the people who lived in communes? It seems that many of them got tired and became "regular" members of society, probably even the Yuppies of the 1980s. The thought that some of them would have stayed in a fringe society off the grid is an interesting one. The depiction of their actions, surveillance methods and Grand Plan are intriguingly written and thought provoking.
The cross country trip is exciting and effectively done. I liked seeing that Kate had taken her training and used it to leave notes for the brothers. Alex's presence lends a bit of extra threat to the whole proceeding, since he definitely seems half a bubble off. Since Lawrence is an entire bubble off, his actions seem reasonable!
Above combines elements of survival, conspiracy, and adventure novels in a compelling way. Readers who like Smith's other work, such as Peak or the Cryptid Hunters books will certainly want to pick up this series, which will also be popular with readers of Horowitz's Alex Rider books, Klavan's The Last Thing I Remember, and Dashner's Eye of Minds series.
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