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.
Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has 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 history-or at least her family's (very crooked) history.
Ally Carter has done it again. Heist Society is absolutely sensational with its unique mix of art, history and high jinks. For those who loved the Gallagher Girls books, Heist Society will not disappoint. It has all of the undercover work and wit of the Gallagher Girls with an illegal flare.
Kat is hands downs, one of my favorite leading ladies in YA. Her spunk and heart truly made this novel. I was not only caught up in the suspense of her mission, but also her own inner struggle. Carter has crafted a fantastic teen lead and a story to match. Of course, the fabulous cast of characters that surrounded Kat was an added bonus. All of the supporting characters were equally well written and unique. They richened the story and brought about a great deal of comic relief when needed.
In addition to this already fabulous storyline, Carter added in a detail that was equally wonderful. The story behind the paintings was truly heart wrenching, even more so with the knowledge that it is not an entirely fictitious story. The art history, such as this story, that was interwoven with the heist contributed greatly to the excellence of this novel.
And, of course, there is no one better than Ally Carter when it comes to writing teen espionage. Heist Society was gripping and filled with brilliant plans and twists that had me at the edge of my seat. This is an absolute must read.