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Monday, March 12, 2012

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

Release: March 13, 2012

Series: Gallagher Girls (book 5)

Source: Publisher
The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan--an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home.

Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.

Ally Carter’s wildly popular Gallagher Girls series continues with Out of Sight, Out of Time, exposing readers a new, darker side of Cammie and the Gallagher Academy.

Over the course of the past two books, Carter has introduced more and more reality to Cammie’s life. At the start of the series, she was a sophomore at the prestigious Gallagher Academy, a school for spies. And despite her above average IQ and unique skill set – covert operations – she was just a teenage girl. She worried about boys, loved her friends, and craved some shred of normalcy in her life. Then came the threat of The Circle – a threat that was not fabricated or monitored by her teachers but was quite actually real. Slowly but surely, readers watched as Cammie’s carefully constructed world crumbled.

Now, with Out of Sight, Out of Time, readers will finally have to face the truth: that nothing they know about Cammie, her life, or those closest to her is exactly what it seems.

The change in this latest installment in the beloved series is monumental. The greatest testament to this is Cammie. No longer is she the buoyant, blonde-haired underclassman readers knew. The Cammie in Out of Sight, Out of Time is an amnesic, black-haired senior who may or may not be going crazy. And, unlike in past novels, Cammie’s reliability as a narrator is called into question. Missing nearly four months of time, it is difficult to ascertain whether or not Cammie can truly be trusted. Like Cammie, readers will be fighting an internal battle: to trust Cammie or to doubt her.

Emotionally, this is by far the best of the Gallagher Girl books. For the first time, Cammie is vulnerable, a trait one would not normally associate with the aloof “Chameleon.” As she struggles to come to terms with all that has transpired and with the terrifying thought that her memories may never return, her emotions jump from sorrow to anger to fear. This emotional roller coaster, coupled with an unforeseen, heartbreaking twist, will leave readers shell shocked.

And, of course, it would not be an Ally Carter book without unexpected revelations and shocking curveballs. The plotting in Out of Sight, Out of Time is, as always, superb. Especially brilliant was Carter’s decision to draw from the first book in the series for new, game changing twists. This tied the whole series together and showed just how greatly the events of the past four semesters have rocked Cammie’s world.

With all of the intrigue of the past four books and the added darkness of Cammie’s forgotten summer, Out of Sight, Out of Time is sure to enthrall fans of the series and leave them hungering for the sixth, and final, novel.

5 stars!

5 comments:

  1. Wow, this sounds fantastic though I will miss the lighter humorous touch from the earlier books. I may have to reread the series before I start Out of Sight, Out of Time as I can't really remember book one very well. Great review! I can't wait to get my hands on this book.

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  2. Brilliant! I've only read the first book in the series but I'm already excited for this one because this is what a spy's life should be like, right?

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  3. Now you are making me more excited! I can't wait to get my hands on this book! And this is a great review!
    =D

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  4. I can't believe this book is coming out tomorrow! I can't wait for it! I love the Gallagher Girls series, but there's one huge problem: it's been so long since I read the last book that I don't remember anything. Ugh, I know, I'm lame like that. Hopefully, while reading this fifth installment, I can jog up my memory. Lovely review! :)

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  5. I had anticipated this book for a year now, and it did not disappoint! At first, I was slightly skeptical of the plot compared to other books. I mean, memory loss is something that either works or doesn't, and fortunately for this book it worked.

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