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As students at a special high school that trains them to be secret agents, six teenagers struggle to complete the training exercises as a team before being sent out into the field to sink or swim.


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As students at a special high school that trains them to be secret agents, six teenagers struggle to complete the training exercises as a team before being sent out into the field to sink or swim.

30 review for The Frankenstein Factory

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katie Avagliano

    You know that series you become unduly obsessed with when your young? They're usually books no one else have heard of. They aren't available at the library. But you love them with the fiery passion of a cult leader, and you spend the next three months of sixth grade fruitlessly trying o get others to read these books. The was the Spy High series for me. They're young adult books that are accessible to children as young as fourth grade but are interesting enough for Freshmen to read. The character You know that series you become unduly obsessed with when your young? They're usually books no one else have heard of. They aren't available at the library. But you love them with the fiery passion of a cult leader, and you spend the next three months of sixth grade fruitlessly trying o get others to read these books. The was the Spy High series for me. They're young adult books that are accessible to children as young as fourth grade but are interesting enough for Freshmen to read. The characters are appealing, layered, and flawed (I always liked Eddie. Don't ask why) The writing is intense and powerful. Overall, a great series for any boy or tomboy who claims they don't like reading. The one drawback is, outside the Internet, they're incredibly hard to find.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marwa

    I read this book in my teenage years and loved it. I don’t know why I never added it to my Goodreads list. I thought it deserved 5 stars at the time which is why I’m putting that rating now.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Samson

    if i could give half a star i would here, have a youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6gOv... if i could give half a star i would here, have a youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6gOv...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    If I could give this book zero stars I would. I couldn't even finish reading it, which is saying a lot for me. I read anything. I just go so bored I couldn't keep going. I felt like I was walking in Molasses trying to get to the point of the book. It was fairly cliche and the writing at some parts was just annoying. But to each his own, some people may like it, but I wouldn't dust a spot on my shelf for this book. If I could give this book zero stars I would. I couldn't even finish reading it, which is saying a lot for me. I read anything. I just go so bored I couldn't keep going. I felt like I was walking in Molasses trying to get to the point of the book. It was fairly cliche and the writing at some parts was just annoying. But to each his own, some people may like it, but I wouldn't dust a spot on my shelf for this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is so stupid. I wish I had never read it. I curse the part of me that saw this book and thought it deserved to be spared the trashcan. I saw this while volunteering at my library's bookshop and it had been out on the shelf too long and was going to be thrown out. It sounded kind of interesting, though for a young YA, so I took it home for free. The summary made it sound like it was just guys, so I wasn't too excited to read. So when the first page mentioned Ben and Lori, and that they' This book is so stupid. I wish I had never read it. I curse the part of me that saw this book and thought it deserved to be spared the trashcan. I saw this while volunteering at my library's bookshop and it had been out on the shelf too long and was going to be thrown out. It sounded kind of interesting, though for a young YA, so I took it home for free. The summary made it sound like it was just guys, so I wasn't too excited to read. So when the first page mentioned Ben and Lori, and that they're both blonde, tall and athletic and could be mistake for siblings but they're far from it, I got more interested. Ben jumped from the cliff and Lori remarked that he always did it without a kiss first. The author sure didn't waste any time. I hoped for a little romance, but that’s not what the book was about and it was all very poorly handled. But more on that later. When I added this on here the day I started reading, I saw another edition with the title High Spy: Frankenstein Project and wondered why it was called that. If I had seen the title on my copy I wouldn't have even taken the book home. Instead of letting us get the feel for Spy High and learn each character separately so as to cement their different looks and personalities, the author immediately jumped us into a plot to literally save the world. This is set in the future when pollution ruined most of the food supply. The spy teams were created in response to all of the terrorist attacks, because law enforcement wasn't doing enough and they needed a new breed to handle it. So Deveraux Academy was created by a man named Deveraux who no one has actually seen in person. It's ridiculous that everything outside the school and on the first floor is a hologram. Why have it at all? It made no sense. Ben blonde hair, arrogant, aloof and aristocratic. Brilliant. Great athlete. He loves attention and wants all the glory for himself. He isn't a team player. Before he got inducted into the school, he played football, hogged the ball and made the touchdown himself, called defense stupid and slow. He wasn’t a good boyfriend at all. Ben only got with Lori because she would look good beside him. He always had to beat the others. Lori got to the cave entrance later and the first thing he said was that she took her time. Lori, blue eyes, blonde hair. Lori is pretty and a genius, wanting to prove she's more than pretty. Jennifer is reckless and impatient, and abusive, always looking for someone to pound. She’s a great martial artist. Jennifer was bloodthirsty, hoped some other kids got in her way so she could work out her tension and wants a mission with the opportunity for her to "break some faces." Jake, black hair, brooding, intense, full of energy. Cally, African American with dreadlocks. Cally grew up on the streets and became a criminal. She’s good with technology. Eddie has red hair. He’s a creep. Cally even called him twisted. I noticed a pattern. Each couple consisted of a guy and girl, who either had one or both of them liking the other. I can't stand when authors section off a group into pairs and they all like each other. The chances of that happening in real life are so slim. And in each pair, one was likable and the other was abrasive. I don't like changing POVs either, so that didn't help. There were some moments that were promising for some romance, but they were brief. I liked that Jake wasn't good with girls. Jake followed behind Jennifer in the tunnel and looked at her butt, was glad that Eddie wasn't the one behind her. There were so many things in here that weren’t okay with me and went too far: Cally told Eddie that if he didn't start moving she was going to squeeze somewhere that hurts. I would have been ok if it said kick, or if they were older teens. But are you really having a girl reference squeezing a guy's balls? Eddie drooled and asked if she knew how long he'd waited for her to say that. Ew. Eddie made the comment that he keeps protection with him at all times, and I wondered if he was talking about condoms. He winked and told Cally they could pass the time more pleasurably. I was mad when Ben mentioned another girl who had "elastic lips," which brings up a gross image, and that she likes quarterbacks who score touchdowns. Someone told home after the game that she wouldn't wait for him. Grant told Ben he'd have plenty of wild oats, and marry a society hostess who never had an original idea. Eddie's family history: "There'd apparently been a Nelligan at the Alamo, which probably explained why Eddie wasn't keen on Mexican food. And there'd been a Nelligan with Custer at the Little Big Horn, too, an ancestor who was probably now wishing he'd called in sick that day. There was a Nelligan on the Titanic: third-class ticket, first-class view of the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean." It's mean to use tragedies as a joke. It's not funny. Eddie was put onto the same team as Jennifer when he first got there. He thought "You and me, baby, you and me." "Still, at least it gave him an excuse to follow her around all the time without being arrested." "As if Jennifer's lissom charms were not enough for a poor red-blooded male, Lori Angel and Cally Cross hardly needed to think about plastic surgery either." Oh how nice. So I guess people you don't like should get plastic surgery? Eddie told the guys there were enough girls to go around, and made a bet he could hook up with one of them and have her eating out of his hand in a week. Are we really talking about sex?? Ben said just one? During training Eddie took the chance to kiss Jennifer's cheek in front of everyone, thus making her mad. You don’t kiss a girl without her consent, loser. Eddie was in Lori's room saying girls didn't like him, trying to stir her pity, so Lori said she liked him and he sat on her bed. She got up said and not like that. Wtf is wrong with this creep? Of course one of the guards made a sexually insinuating comment about Jennifer. He wanted to do some work on her himself. She’s a teenager and that’s going too far. "Wouldn't mind a bit of sweet and sour with her." What does that mean? "Their captor chuckled ripely, as only a fat man can." That is so shaming. "Maybe Ben was about to gain his very own stalker, and while that was something of a necessary fashion accessory in the celebrity world these days..." Glorifying stalkers is dangerous and really bad. And celebrities are scared to death when someone is stalking them, not flattered, so they are not "necessary" to anyone. I didn't like the term Jesus freak that Cally used when she met Grant, commenting that her and her soul are fine. All the data files sucked and had disturbing facts, like stories of suicide cults bursting into flames. Most served no point to the story whatsoever. One had National Counselors 'R Us. Could there have been a dumber name for that? That doesn’t sound official at all. I thought Spy High was too close to the movie Sky High, and I really didn't like that they're called the Bond Team. He referenced the movies and I don't like when authors reference the source they're emulating. I found it interesting that each pair was assigned a different route. One couple went repelling down the cliff, crawling through the tunnels, and taking the ocean. That was literally the one and only thing I liked. Their spycraft lessons taught to play on their captor's vanity and burst their self-importance, make them mad. That is so juvenile. Stromfeld was a total joke. He had a Hitler mustache and wore an SS uniform. What a generic, stereotypical villain. I didn't take him seriously at all and was so irritated, and then near the end of the scene I remembered that their training was with holograms and I realized he wasn’t real, which was a good thing, because it was so ridiculous because Spy High sent a group of high schoolers to take him down! If he can be brought low by teenagers than he isn't very threatening, is he? He planned to bomb the world and rid it of the current society and build a new society from the ashes. It begged the question of how he was going to avoid the damage from the weapons of mass destruction and how he would build a society when there was nothing left...It was ironic that Ben said Stromfeld was a cliche, because I was thinking the same thing. I really didn't like the case file on a terrorist attack on the Eiffel Tower. A group "anti-heritage," which sounded like a joke, was targeting monuments and landmarks and that's uncomfortable to read about considering what's actually happened. Eddie of the sharp one-liners, chosen so his "sense of humor might create a kind of buffer zone between Ben and Jake." It's pretty awkward to write a funny character and then come out and say he's being used to break the tension. Kind of reveals all your cards and calls it out. It's so farfetched that 14 year olds would be trained to protect the world against evil, and only train for 2 years. Comparing that to today's college education, it takes 2 years to get an associate's degree which is a general degree. But I'm expected to believe teens can conquer the world in 2 years' time and do what the military and law enforcement can't. It made me want to snicker. He explained it away by having Deveraux, the leader, say that "the days of the older generation are done" and the young are the future. It was sweet that Jake came after Cally when she had been going to leave the first time they had failed the Stromfeld practice. He gave her a pep talk to stay. I hated the case file that said Will Challis was missing and presumed to be taken by monsters. He was the former Bond Team captain who offered to help the current team. At the party after they failed the second time, Ben got short with Lori and talked to her deploringly. She stupidly offered to find a corner for 2 of them because she had a couple ideas on how to get him to relax. Jake didn't treat Cally any better than Ben did Lori at times. He wanted to be alone while stargazing and he got short with her, didn't want to be her psychiatrist and make her feel better about messing up, because she had her own problems. When genetic experiments came up, it was out of nowhere. I had no idea this spy book would also contain genetic manipulation and it was revolting. There were winged, furry creatures, like bats, reptile men, and apelike beings. It was highly unlikely that 6 kids evaded the monstrous creatures but the group of adult male hunters with guns were killed or missing. Of course they stumble upon a lodge in the woods and are drugged by the mad scientist, Averill who is a descendent of Frankenstein. He’s capturing people and turning them into monsters. He had ant people as his “children.” They were drugged and Cally woke up to find that she wasn't tied down. She used a nitronail to explode the locked door, went out and was immediately united with Eddie and Jake. How convenient. I still have no idea how Eddie and Jake were free and roaming the hallways. It wasn't even explained at all. Eddie was able to hop on a SkyBike and ride out, no resistance at all. I was even madder about Will Challis when Jake and Cally found him in the mutant chamber and he was a gruesome rhino creation. He even pointed out himself that there was nothing the group could do because he was a 6 year veteran and they're just first-years. It might have been more believable had the author actually spent time on their training. During the stand they made at Frankenstein's house they all fell back on training they'd had, training we never got to see. Ben only went to the hologym when he was mad about failing that second time. Jake alluded to target shooting that he and Cally were good at, which came in handy when they were shooting the guards. Who starts a series out by launching the characters into a world domination plot Frankenstein had set a missile to go off after his death. It had the insect gas in it and would mutate the people in one city. I was thinking, only one city? Ben stupidly said it was a pity they couldn't say anything from Frankenstein's stuff, even though he's twisted he was still doing pioneering work and what could it have been used for in the right hands? It picked up with the group just about to take down Stromfeld, and they had already acted out their plan and we didn't even get to experience it. What a waste. I wanted to know how they did it. Cally thought Jake liked Jennifer, because he went to her when they opened the gas chamber. I was tired of it. At the Christmas party--and I was floored at the mention of the holiday because I didn't even know what time of year this had been--Lori wondered what she saw in Ben at times. Not good. I was so upset that Cally was miserable at the party and that Jake went to Jennifer's room and convinced him to go to the party with him. I felt bad for her because she liked Jake so much. I knew Deveraux had put them in the woods knowing there were creatures there, purposely exposing them to danger. But when he confirmed it to Grant, asking did Grant if they were wrong to expose them to danger when it had brought Bond Team together, I thought how crappy that was. I was so bothered because Cally had liked Jake the entire time. Jake had shown indications that he liked her back. Cally had not liked Eddie for one second. So when she saw Jake and Jennifer come in together, she went and kissed Eddie. The loser had mistletoe over his head going around trying to get girls to kiss him, a total creep until the end, and Cally asked herself beforehand if it was going to be from pity, to show Jake she didn't need him, or if she really liked Eddie, and decided she'd know after. She said hey to Eddie and he raised the mistletoe and said "I don't suppose..." Wtf, creep. You don't go around asking people to kiss you. How sleazy. So she kissed him for a while, asked who's up for second helpings. Come the freak on! This is such an insult to teenagers. So stupid Eddie said he didn't think he'd need the mistletoe anymore and asked her if he would. You're a desperate loser. Cally asked herself so what if it wasn't going to be perfect; that didn't stop it from being good. Yeah, it's a good idea that when the person you like gets with someone else, you should immediately run out and latch yourself onto the nearest available person who you have never liked. Eddie deserved to be single and not so girl crazy to the point that he’s harassing girls and forcing himself on them. Cally should have remained single until someone good comes along. You don’t need a guy. Ben should have been dumped because he didn’t deserve Lori. But this author sickeningly paired everyone up at the end. I have never been a fan of gadgets, especially those which enable the characters to get away with things too easily and conveniently and not have to do any work. It brings to mind a YouTube video by a veteran who criticized a movie for having a "God gun" which allowed the actor to do some crazily incredible things. Sleepshot shoots out of their wristbands and causes a person to sleep. The belt-brain is on their belts and brings up holographic images. I don't like holograms or the name of this feature. They have deactivators to unlock doors. Strips of plastic wrapped around their heads activate radar vision which allows them to see any object in 360 degrees and through walls. Hypnospray allows you to hypnotically control people. Laser rifles Eyes can be removed, and cybereyes put in, which allow the person to see only what they want to see. Adult versions show everyone naked. Finger bombs and nitronails. A crazy scientist created Follicle fuses and detachable nipples. Thermally treated clothes when they were sent camping SkyBikes with a radar system that shows your environment in relation to you, and you just key in your destination and it takes you there. He referenced things like James Bond, Star Wars, Walt Disney and Sherlock Holmes. It's always weird to me when books set decades into the future make references to pop culture from today, which I don't think the characters would have access to.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Carroll

    Personal Response: I loved Spy High Mission One from the beginning all the way through to the end. This book was filled with tons of action and really knew how to keep the reader's attention. Every character in Spy High Mission One was immersive in their own ways, each showing their internal conflicts and how they eventually beat their problems. From the characters to the plot, to the setting, everything was absolutely amazing. Plot Summary: The story begins by introducing the reader to characters Personal Response: I loved Spy High Mission One from the beginning all the way through to the end. This book was filled with tons of action and really knew how to keep the reader's attention. Every character in Spy High Mission One was immersive in their own ways, each showing their internal conflicts and how they eventually beat their problems. From the characters to the plot, to the setting, everything was absolutely amazing. Plot Summary: The story begins by introducing the reader to characters as they attempt to work together to complete an assigned mission. This mission turns out to simply be a holographic test of sorts that all groups need to pass in order to continue their training at Deveraux Academy, otherwise known as Spy High. The team fails to complete this exam and becomes the only team to fail after their second try-- only getting one more chance to redeem themselves. The man who brought the team together knew that the group wouldn't be able to complete the mission even if they were to try again right then and there. This would be completely due to their inability to work as a team. From Ben and Daly constantly being at each other's throats to Ben calling out every failure his team makes and refusing to take any blame for any failure. Deveraux knew that the only way to get this team to work together would be to set them up in a real-life situation where the abilities they're gaining from Spy High would be forced to be put to use. The team is sent on what they are led to believe is just a basic team bonding camping trip, but little do they know that they're truly being led to the site of a soon to be enormous case. The six members of the Bond team run into a group of campers and hunters who tell them they'd be better off leaving due to some strange happenings. The same campers and hunters show up a little while later, dead. The team gets attacked by a group of what appears to be beasts and in their search for help, stumble along a house in the woods. A man greets the group at the door and offers them a place to stay and warm drinks. The drinks turn out to have been spiked and the man turns out to be the one behind the killings and the beasts. The team is split up and must rely on each others skills and judgment to get them all out alive. Ben, Lori, and Jen are in the middle of being turned into horrific beasts when Daly and Cally burst in to save them. Meanwhile, Eddie is racing to the nearest lookout on a future tech vehicle, being pursued by other beasts by himself. The team finally takes down the man creating the beasts and is taken back to the academy. Now that the six members of the Bond team have finally learned to work together, they complete the holographic exam and are allowed to continue in the spy high course. Characterization: This book has six main characters and six different points of views that the story circles around, Benjamin Stanton, Lori Angel, Jake Daly, Jennifer Chen, Calista Cross, and Edward Nelligan. Each character shows tremendous growth throughout the book as they grow as a team and as individuals. Benjamin Stanton: Benjamin is a typical, arrogant jock who doesn’t play well with others. He shows this multiple times by comparing himself to Daly, tricking others to stay at the top, showing off that he became captain of team Bond, and while playing football. As the book progresses, he’s shown time and time again that there is a reason that he’s been placed on a team. Benjamin is forced to look at every viewpoint from every member of Team Bond and take everything into consideration when leading them. By the end of the book, he’s buried the hatchet with Daly, and transformed into a leader that his other team members are proud to have. Lori Angel: Lori’s character doesn’t show a whole lot of development in the book. She is still a very good character, but she seems to only be there for a cliche. Lori is the teammate that focuses the most next to Edward on keeping the team happy with each other. Besides that, she’s basically a female version of Ben. She gets perfect or near perfect marks on everything, is the attractive female character, and wants to be seen as more than just another pretty face. Not much else to say there. Jake Daly: Daly is the edgy ruffian of the group. He grew up in a part of this dystopian world known as a dome. This is where all the farming is done and is a place typically associated with the poor. Jake was a born fighter, hot-headed, and had next to no tolerance for uptight snobs. This caused Daly and Stanton to immediately clash and unable to set their differences aside even for a minute. Daly also plays the role as emotional aid for Cally and essentially second in charge of Bond Team. He gets more or less the same kind of development as Stanton, only a lot less so. Daly could play well with all other members of the team except for Ben and by the end of the book, the two were working together easily. Callista Cross: Cally is the tech-savvy and intelligent yet extremely insecure member of the team. Despite her importance and intelligence however, she lets all of her failures get to her extremely easily. She is easily probably at least the second most important member of the Bond team with her tech skills but lacks faith in herself and her ability to really help her teammates. Daly and her talk about her importance to the team, and by the end of the book she finds herself finally coming out of her shell and becoming more confident. Edward Nelligan: The main reason Eddie was brought along and placed onto the team was to help ease the tension between Daly and Stanton. Eddie does this job fairly well by simply being the comic relief character that never knows when to take a situation seriously. There are many times in the book where he questions his relevance in the team and shows that behind all of his jokes, actually has a low self-esteem. As expected though, at the end of the book Eddie is showing that he is a very essential part of the team and grows in his self-confidence. He still makes plenty of jokes but also knows certain situations need to be taken very seriously. Jennifer Chen: Jennifer is essentially the mysterious female counterpart of Daly. She has a rough past, is extremely hot headed, and prefers to fight through all of her problems rather than take time to analyze situations. While still preferring to jump headfirst into action, by the end of the book she develops an ability to analyze and truly assess situations. She also begins coming out of her shell when Daly and her start dating at the end of the book. Setting: Spy High is set in the dystopian future world of America, 2062. The book does a very good job of showing the development of certain aspects of technology, and where humans have seemingly failed in others. All of this helps the progression of the story and affects the characters in various ways. The showing of the Domers seemingly being less than others and constantly discriminated against, to people like Stanton, who grew up with a silver spoon in their mouth. The biggest show of how everything affects the characters is in the forest. None of them, not even Jake Daly, are used to being outside of any technology, and so being in the forest with next to none really affects how they perform. All in all, the setting of the story is very relevant in this book and helps move along the plot and helps the characters progress and develop. Recommendations: Personally, I feel like this book shouldn't really be read by anyone who isn't at least of an eighth-grade reading level for various reasons. The number of innuendos in this book alongside many other aspects in the action suggest a more mature audience. I would also say that this book is definitely more directed at a male audience, even if it has an equal number of female characters. Most of the book and its conflicts are shown through the eyes of the male characters and therefore have more "male-oriented thoughts". Also, the author is male and so that could also be a factor here. Overall though I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good action adventure book with its own fair share of drama.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    With the way this book started out, I wasn't sure if it was going to be a 3 star read or a 3.5 star read. I liked the storyline, but in the first chapter I didn't like ANY of the main characters at all... It took learning their backstories for me to actually be interested in them, but thankfully that happened within the next few chapters. I am still confused on how old they are though... I think I read early on in the book that they were around 14 or 15, but I really hope they were older with ho With the way this book started out, I wasn't sure if it was going to be a 3 star read or a 3.5 star read. I liked the storyline, but in the first chapter I didn't like ANY of the main characters at all... It took learning their backstories for me to actually be interested in them, but thankfully that happened within the next few chapters. I am still confused on how old they are though... I think I read early on in the book that they were around 14 or 15, but I really hope they were older with how they were talking about relationships and everything. They honestly reminded me of 16 or 17 year olds. I do like that they didn't reveal everything in this book and gave me a reason to want to read the second book eventually (even though there were a lot of typos), but I could still go back and forth on whether this was a 3.5 or a 4 star now.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Josh Frerichs

    The book was about a team spies in training called Bond team, the group members are Jake, Ben, Jen, Lori, Eddie, and Cally. The group is being trained at the Deveraux academy for spies, and they are given a test in virtual reality, but they fail. Then Bond team is sent on a camping trip in the middle of the woods in order to become a better team. One of my favorite parts are when Bond Team meets a group of hunters and they describe some of the monsters that are in the woods. Then Bond Team comes The book was about a team spies in training called Bond team, the group members are Jake, Ben, Jen, Lori, Eddie, and Cally. The group is being trained at the Deveraux academy for spies, and they are given a test in virtual reality, but they fail. Then Bond team is sent on a camping trip in the middle of the woods in order to become a better team. One of my favorite parts are when Bond Team meets a group of hunters and they describe some of the monsters that are in the woods. Then Bond Team comes across a cabin, and they discover some of the monsters the hunters mentioned. Then Bond Team discoveres the cabin is owned by Dr. Averill, who is known for creating horrible creatures in his lab. Then Dr. Averill orders his monsters to capture Jen, Lori, and Ben and take them to his factory. I do not like that Jake and Eddie argue so much because it gets really annoying. Then Jake, Eddie, and Cally work together to free Jen, Lori, and Ben, then they all work together and defeat Dr. Averill. I did not really like this book because there were a lot of slow parts.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    Man, oh man. Just from the cover you can tell this book was going to be a worse-than-cheesy read, and that was before you knew of the genetic-mutations added in. Spy High Mission One seemed like a cross between two specific movies: 2003's Agent Cody Banks (a movie I randomly found, and didn't finish, about a kid that graduates from a spy camp in order to complete a mission involving wooing a girl) and 2012's The Amazing Spiderman (the one with Andrew Garfield and the lizard/scientist enemy). Ther Man, oh man. Just from the cover you can tell this book was going to be a worse-than-cheesy read, and that was before you knew of the genetic-mutations added in. Spy High Mission One seemed like a cross between two specific movies: 2003's Agent Cody Banks (a movie I randomly found, and didn't finish, about a kid that graduates from a spy camp in order to complete a mission involving wooing a girl) and 2012's The Amazing Spiderman (the one with Andrew Garfield and the lizard/scientist enemy). There were many flaws with this book. 1) The love. There wasn't any actual romance going on, or teen angst, but each character paired up with another from the opposite gender like it was only natural. That's just wrong. 2) The enemy. Really? Crazy genetic mutantist? Please. 3) The world-building. This story is set in the future, supposedly. Basically we get a few words thrown at us and we're supposed to have a magic understanding of the politics in this world. Words like "Domers" and "SkyBikes." No explanation for why the world is the way it is, and nothing even remotely unique about this world to set it apart from any other poorly-written story. No explanation for why they needed kid spies either. 4) That said, there were these random news clips that were supposedly from confidential files that I think might have tried to answer a few of these questions; they were randomly placed within each chapter, and they weren't consistent. Also, the news clips were in a different font that was so tight and hard to read. Eventually, I figured that all the messages were going to be vague and unhelpful and hard on the eyes, so I just skimmed the rest. 5) The characters are all impolite and not even in a charming way! (Think Six of Crows.) The author even acknowledges the narcissistic flaws in his characters (specifically Ben) but his characters never change, not even in the end. The only person who I can imagine writing characters like this is a spoiled, bored teenager who is just mad, mad, mad at the world - and thinks that this is actually how the most notable of people act. 6) This goes along with number five: Dialogue. It was painful. I think this may have been why I had such a hard time connecting to the characters - the way they talked was just so fake, like a Disney channel original movie. 7) I also have issues with the general progression of the novel. The first 28 pages (or chapter one) was a scene that, chronologically, fit in the middle of the story. The next 63 pages (or until page 91) is everything that happened before the events in chapter one. At page 92, it suddenly reverts back to the ending of chapter one, and continues on as if there was never a break in the first place. Time resumes as normal... and it drives me crazy. I think the one scene was pulled out because it had "action," but a stronger author could have had readers hooked from the very beginning, not because of one measly action scene. This is probably the first time it has bugged me that an author "made a wow factor from trauma." Should you feel the need to get your juvenile-spy-story kick, I say we all just stick to the classic movies: Spy Kids, and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl. The sad thing is, I never had any hope for this book. The funny thing is, this really is a case where you should judge the book from its cover. The most depressing thing is, I really do think that the "next big thing" in children's literature is going to be about a Spy School. Spy High just wasn't the right one. 3/29/2016

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth Wangler

    This book was recommended to me a while ago because of my deep love of Ally Carter's "Gallagher Girls" series. If you're looking for a book about a school for teenage spies, go read that series instead. It's amazing. As for "Spy High," well, it started out okay. There was an intriguing mission at the start that was a cool way to get to know the characters and the premise without much exposition needed. If the rest of the book had lived up to that potential, it would have been pretty good. Unfortun This book was recommended to me a while ago because of my deep love of Ally Carter's "Gallagher Girls" series. If you're looking for a book about a school for teenage spies, go read that series instead. It's amazing. As for "Spy High," well, it started out okay. There was an intriguing mission at the start that was a cool way to get to know the characters and the premise without much exposition needed. If the rest of the book had lived up to that potential, it would have been pretty good. Unfortunately, it flashed back to unnecessary backstory for chapters upon chapters, and it was downhill from there. The characters are mournfully underdeveloped. Each of them seems to have one defining trait: Ben's a narcisist, Jake's a scrappy underdog, Lisa's a pretty airhead, Eddie's an "inept flirt" (His attempts come off actually more like harassment, which all the characters normalize. One of the girls he's the worst to actually thinks, "He was nice in his own way," and later ends up becoming his girlfriend with no realistic buildup or connection.), Jennifer's violent, and Cassy-- Well, Cassy's actually the most developed character in the book. Which just makes some of the things the author did with her even more disappointing. The narration was a bit jarring. I would have preferred the author choose one character's perspective or at least have one perspective per chapter, but instead we get the inside of everyone's head, sometimes in the same paragraph. This left me feeling confused much of the time. From the beginning and the cover, this seemed like a spy story set in a realistic future. Half way through, it completely switched genres, bringing in mutant monsters and a cheesy mad scientist of the worst variety. I would have stopped reading, but at that point I had a morbid curiosity. Positives: -The book was decently edited for grammar and punctuation -The opening chapters were great -The school building itself was cool I'm sorry to say that I would not recommend this book to anyone else.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    I bought this book a few years ago, wondering if it would be appropriate for my children who are going through a "spy" stage in their play and reading. Sadly, the answer is, "no." The writing itself is very typical YA fare -- nothing outstanding, nothing too deep or difficult, but it doesn't talk "down" to an average reader either. However, the book suffers from a lack of focus for its intended audience. The relationships, the blood and gore, death, age of the main characters, etc., speak to a hig I bought this book a few years ago, wondering if it would be appropriate for my children who are going through a "spy" stage in their play and reading. Sadly, the answer is, "no." The writing itself is very typical YA fare -- nothing outstanding, nothing too deep or difficult, but it doesn't talk "down" to an average reader either. However, the book suffers from a lack of focus for its intended audience. The relationships, the blood and gore, death, age of the main characters, etc., speak to a high school readership. But the hackneyed plotting, use of stock "bad guy" characters speak to a younger audience that aren't as familiar with the over-use of these characters. Not recommended for any aged reader.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Genre: Spy Novel You would think teenage spies are only in movies, but for the kids on the Bond Team at Spy High, it's their reality. Spy High is a secret school dedicated to the training of teenagers to become top spies. And when one unit of the academy, the Bond Team are sent their first mission, they are thrown into a world that they realize they weren't ready for... This book was very enjoyable to read, because I love teenage spy stories and this was right down my alley. AJ Butcher does a grea Genre: Spy Novel You would think teenage spies are only in movies, but for the kids on the Bond Team at Spy High, it's their reality. Spy High is a secret school dedicated to the training of teenagers to become top spies. And when one unit of the academy, the Bond Team are sent their first mission, they are thrown into a world that they realize they weren't ready for... This book was very enjoyable to read, because I love teenage spy stories and this was right down my alley. AJ Butcher does a great job linking the characters to one another and making me feel like I am part of the Bond Team while reading the book. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend and I encourage anyone that likes fast-paced action stories to read this.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Manuel

    Let's start with ... Ben Stanton He is a dick, plain and simple. I'm not even going to list any good stuff about him because it doesn't exist. Lori Angel Airhead? She kind of gave that aura. Flat? Very Like a little puppy,when Ben asks her to jump, she asks how high. Pathetic. I kind of feel bad for her Jake Freaking Daly Omg, I can't ugh Goodness. And the 'rivalry' between Ben and Jake? whtvs But I kind of pictured him as bamofo Cally She's actually pretty decent Eddie Stupid He's not even funny Jennifer Che Let's start with ... Ben Stanton He is a dick, plain and simple. I'm not even going to list any good stuff about him because it doesn't exist. Lori Angel Airhead? She kind of gave that aura. Flat? Very Like a little puppy,when Ben asks her to jump, she asks how high. Pathetic. I kind of feel bad for her Jake Freaking Daly Omg, I can't ugh Goodness. And the 'rivalry' between Ben and Jake? whtvs But I kind of pictured him as bamofo Cally She's actually pretty decent Eddie Stupid He's not even funny Jennifer Chen No, just no Bitch is what I can at least provide

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Six teenagers get selected to go to Devereaux Academy, affectionately known by those who attend as Sky High. They're put in a group to fight together: Ben, Jake, Eddie, Cally, Lori, and Jennifer. But they don't get along. The theme of this book is the problems of working together with so many with such different backgrounds. Finally, after two failures at the Stromfeld test, they're sent out into the wilderness, where people have been disappearing, and they face a real megalomaniac. A great book, Six teenagers get selected to go to Devereaux Academy, affectionately known by those who attend as Sky High. They're put in a group to fight together: Ben, Jake, Eddie, Cally, Lori, and Jennifer. But they don't get along. The theme of this book is the problems of working together with so many with such different backgrounds. Finally, after two failures at the Stromfeld test, they're sent out into the wilderness, where people have been disappearing, and they face a real megalomaniac. A great book, a great read! I enjoyed it a lot.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I stumbled into this book looking for something for my classroom library. Several of my better readers had just finished up the Alex Rider series leaving them to want more. This series fit the bill. This group of boys were totally sucked into this series from the first chapter! I started reading them as well and complete understood why my boys continued to ask me to buy the next book in the series. This book (as well as the entire series) is a must have for an upper elementary or middle school c I stumbled into this book looking for something for my classroom library. Several of my better readers had just finished up the Alex Rider series leaving them to want more. This series fit the bill. This group of boys were totally sucked into this series from the first chapter! I started reading them as well and complete understood why my boys continued to ask me to buy the next book in the series. This book (as well as the entire series) is a must have for an upper elementary or middle school classroom library.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Khitty

    I picked this up looking for another series like Alex Rider. Unfortunately, this is nothing by goofiness, terrible similes, and flat characters. The author also doesn't know how to use multiple POV (why introduce Devereaux Academy through Eddie and not Cally? Cally, as a techno-thief, might pay attention to the windows, the cameras, the slant of the floors, and give more life into the building). Everything else is a cliche, not from bad spy movies, but from bad pastiches of bad spy movies. It get I picked this up looking for another series like Alex Rider. Unfortunately, this is nothing by goofiness, terrible similes, and flat characters. The author also doesn't know how to use multiple POV (why introduce Devereaux Academy through Eddie and not Cally? Cally, as a techno-thief, might pay attention to the windows, the cameras, the slant of the floors, and give more life into the building). Everything else is a cliche, not from bad spy movies, but from bad pastiches of bad spy movies. It gets worse in the sequels, where the tonal inconsistency jumps sky high.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Not great, but not terrible. I must say, at the very least, that Butcher has created an interesting array of characters; however, his overall plot seems overly predictable and, at times, tiresome. The book is a quick read, and seems to appeal to readers (in my library at least). Though I wasn't particularly drawn into the book as I hoped, I will still read the others in the series to see if his story becomes more compelling. Not great, but not terrible. I must say, at the very least, that Butcher has created an interesting array of characters; however, his overall plot seems overly predictable and, at times, tiresome. The book is a quick read, and seems to appeal to readers (in my library at least). Though I wasn't particularly drawn into the book as I hoped, I will still read the others in the series to see if his story becomes more compelling.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex Criddle

    When I started this book, I honestly didn't think I was going to like it, especially after I finished the first chapter, but I actually ended up really liking it. The story was well written and fast-paced. I will recommend this to students, especially boys because I think they will enjoy the action and spy intrigue. There is also an undercurrent of romance which is not too much for boys but will satisfy girls who like some romance (like me). When I started this book, I honestly didn't think I was going to like it, especially after I finished the first chapter, but I actually ended up really liking it. The story was well written and fast-paced. I will recommend this to students, especially boys because I think they will enjoy the action and spy intrigue. There is also an undercurrent of romance which is not too much for boys but will satisfy girls who like some romance (like me).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Isaac

    Some may say this book is pretty childish, and I do admit it, but I also think it is also a nice book because it involves sophisticated technology and modern fantasy, both themes I like a lot. With thrilling adventures and stuff, I think it was worth the time I took to read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    G Truog

    Not as good as I had hoped, but it was a good and quick read. Much more fantasy than I expected, there are some really strange parts -- half human-half animal, mad scientist, etc.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Bad book. Humans were mutalated, the whole time I was wondering WHY someone would write something like that. Thumbs DOWN¡¡¡¡

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    This was an amazing book! Tons of action, lots of cool spy gadgets, and lots more in this ridiculously entertaining book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Harris

    This book was a cool but I think if your not a big fan of romance then this book is not for you and if I was able to pick a different book I would.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karsyn

    Meh. Was ok after a bad/slow start. Narrator isn't enjoyable, story was dullish. Meh. Was ok after a bad/slow start. Narrator isn't enjoyable, story was dullish.

  25. 4 out of 5

    John Nordin

    I think this series is aimed at teanagers so not sure what it means that I liked it. You've seen the premise a few times before: A secret school where a collection of outcast but genius kids train to be spies and learn to be a team. The kids are a WWII combat platoon of "one of each" style of misfit (but balanced gender-wise), the tech is sci fi, their character problems believable. The action is nicely done. You worry how they will succeed and they manage to do it more or less plausibly. Wish I I think this series is aimed at teanagers so not sure what it means that I liked it. You've seen the premise a few times before: A secret school where a collection of outcast but genius kids train to be spies and learn to be a team. The kids are a WWII combat platoon of "one of each" style of misfit (but balanced gender-wise), the tech is sci fi, their character problems believable. The action is nicely done. You worry how they will succeed and they manage to do it more or less plausibly. Wish I'd gone to this high school if for no other reason than that the football team is actually a hologram. (Very good idea, that.)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Smith

    Picked this up a library sale - looked intriguing, and it was. As with most dsytopian novels, the future looks bleak, but there are those who are still fighting for good. The future has been harmed by the choices of those in the past. There are romances brewing all over the place.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    not the story i thought but turned out ok

  28. 4 out of 5

    Luke Eadie

    Good, but the sequel is better.

  29. 4 out of 5

    CreativeLEGOGirl

    I completed the first chapter and I was just not interested enough to read on. For me it was just an ordinary spy book nothing unique. I also felt that the characters were shallow.

  30. 4 out of 5

    A.E. Hearn

    Spy High really got me into the first idea of teenagers going on missions and taking down bad guys. Fun read, pretty short, but too many main characters to keep me interested in one in particular.

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