Evil Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I will always buy the next installment of this series, and this is an excellent example of the reason why.
The reason? These books are just so much fun!
I mean who wouldn’t want to be a spy at the age of 14? Then to go undercover and work for the bad guys? Beat up bullies at middle school with martial arts training? So much wish-fulfilment, you can’t not have fun with it.
And that’s where this book does right where the last book misfired a little for me. This book is all about Ben Ripley. He’s the main character from start to finish, and he’s awesome. Spy Camp, in my opinion, placed him strangely as the first-person narrator of another person’s story (Erica Hale).
But this one is near perfect.
With a new location at “Evil Spy School” we get to meet some new characters. Ashley and Nefarious were great additions and I loved them both. They had good backstories, although one of them felt a little flat.
The book had great suspense, which was easy given that most of it is a giant undercover plot with the fear of always getting caught.
And that’s actually where things went a little south for me. This is the reason for 4 instead of 5 starts…
The part where Ben gets uncovered as a double-agent doesn’t feel right. There is no way he should have been able to escape that situation. If the bad guys rigged the elaborate trap just for him, you’d have expected they would’ve also rigged a more idiot-proof way of catching him. It took me out of the story a bit.
That nit-pic aside, I loved all the extras added to the end. It was a great way to round out the book.
I’m already eagerly awaiting the next in the series.