Heist Society (A Heist Society Novel) by
Heist Society is the sixth novel by author Ally Carter, and was published on February 9, 2010. This is her fourth novel for young adults, and her first young-adult novel outside of her The New York Times bestselling Gallagher Girls series. The cover was released on October 21, 2009. Following on from the trend begun with her previous novel, Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover, Ally has been posting mini excerpts of the book on her blog and Twitter. Heist Society was optioned for film by Warner Bros.studios the studio is planning to age the characters from their teens to their twenties. Its sequel, Uncommon Criminals, was released June 21, 2011. The third book to the series Perfect Scoundrels was released on February 5, 2013.
For as long as she can remember, Katarina has been a part of the family business-thieving. When Kat tries to leave “the life” for a normal life, her old friend Hale conspires to bring her back into the fold. Why? A mobster’s art collection has been stolen, and Kat’s father is the only suspect. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
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Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history—and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
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Book Review: Heist Society by Ally Carter
Heist Society is a book written for readers in search of a good time. This novel about teenage thieves and their global adventures is far from serious—and far from realistic. Author Ally Carter writes in a style that’s appropriate for younger audiences, in the vein of the Spy Kids films. At times, I found this book to be hilarious and endearing. At other times, I found it to be a bit stiff and dull. Altogether, however, I found Heist Society to be a quick and enjoyable read, if an imperfect one.
The book opens with fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop getting expelled from a prestigious prep school—her one shot at a “normal” life. When it turns out that her friend Hale (also known as W.W. Hale the Fifth, billionaire and wannabe con-man) was the reason for her expulsion, and that Hale needs her help clearing her father’s name, Kat rushes off to Europe. Her goal: to outsmart the greatest thief the world’s ever known. With a motley group of kid-geniuses at her side, Kat will stop at nothing to save her father’s life, even at the cost of losing Hale’s trust.
Obviously, Heist Society doesn’t have the most original plotline in the world. I can’t say that I was truly surprised by any of the twists Carter threw at the reader. However, it was very simplistic and easy to follow, and made for a fairly good time. I flipped pages quickly and there was definitely never a dull moment. All good things in an escapist read like this one!
Kat, Hale, and the rest of the cast were fun and quirky bunch, if slightly reliant on tropes and also a tad bit shallow. I thought Hale’s obvious crush on Kat was cute, as was her independent, “so what?” attitude. I thought the two bantering Bagshaw brothers provided nice comedic relief at opportune moments. Nothing to stop the presses for, really, but still fun.
Basically, if you’re looking for a light read that won’t require too much mental effort but is still worthwhile, Heist Society is a book you need to check out. Carter’s simple yet effective writing kept me interested, even if it wasn’t quite as remarkable as I wished. This is a good book.