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Assassins: Discord Paperback – February 26, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Kindra has never had a normal life. Instead of revolving around school and friends, her life consists of training and targets—the tools of her family's trade. With her parents, who have always been more like commanders than mom and dad, and her younger sister, Sera, Kindra carries out professional kills. But when her father misses a sniper shot for the first time in her life, everything starts to unravel, and the teen has to decide if she can trust anyone, even her own family. Cameron begins this action series with a story populated by powerful women and featuring a diversity of sexuality (Kindra is comfortably bisexual, and the supporting cast includes gay and asexual characters). Despite the interesting cast, the book doesn't find its footing until halfway through. The plot suffers from overly complicated espionage that loads readers with nonessential background information. These dull passages seem especially weak in comparison to the novel's exciting and well-crafted action scenes. It also requires an extra suspension of disbelief to imagine that any assassins, married or not, would involve children in their delicate and dangerous operations. Readers who can look past these faults long enough to reach the second act will enjoy the appearance of the potential love interest (also a girl) as well as some delightful plot twists. VERDICT An uneven but promising start to a series that provides a female-led alternative to popular titles like Robert Muchamore's "CHERUB" books.-Amy Diegelman, Vineyard Haven Public Library, MA
Kirkus - "Sexy and edgy, with plenty of surprises and fun."
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Assassins: Discord follows Kindra, a teenage girl who's been raised as an assassin. Yeah, I know this sounds a tad bit far-fetched, but I was able to suspend disbelief for the most part---I mean, it's not that much stranger than crime families who raise their kids to be in the "business," right? If mom and dad are both assassins, it seems logical that they'd train up the kids to be a part of the action.
Kindra has learned never to question the job, but when things go wrong with her family's latest hit, she can't help but wonder why all the details don't seem to add up. And one question leads to another until Kindra is finding cracks everywhere in the foundation of her life. Once she starts looking too closely, she may not be able to go back to blissful ignorance.
What Fed My Addiction:
Morally gray MC.
Those of you who are fans of books with a main character who skirts that line between the light and the dark will LOVE Kindra. After all, she's an assassin. And she's not exactly unwilling. Kindra has been raised in a family of assassins and she's been taught that you don't question the job. You don't think about the moral implications of what you're doing---you just do what you need to do to get paid. Even when Kindra starts questioning that, she's not necessarily against doing what needs to be done. Her own survival comes first, even when there might be innocents caught in the crossfire. (Old habits die hard.) But even though Kindra has some definite character flaws, I never found her unlikable. I could see how she was a product of her environment and how she often felt driven into a corner she couldn't escape---without the use of weapons.
Trust and Betrayals.
This is the type of book where the main character doesn't know who she can trust. Kindra has spent her life depending on her family to back her up on the job, but can she truly trust them or will they sell her out if necessary? She's never really felt love or devotion, only dedication to the task. And now Kindra has found herself in a situation where she has to decide to put her life in other people's hands. Not only that, but she starts to have feelings for these people and she realizes that there might be more to life than the next mission. But things are complicated, and Kindra can't just jump into putting her faith into others---and she discovers that her life has been filled with more betrayals than she ever knew and that secrets lurk around every corner.
What Left Me Hungry for More:
Too much action? (For me)
This type of action/thriller isn't my typical style of read, and I have to confess that I sometimes tend to get bored with long action scenes. If you love actiony spy books, this will be right up your alley, but I sometimes wanted to get past the shooting and bombs exploding and get back to the hearts of the characters. That's just me.
Okay, this is one of those cases where I almost feel bad for mentioning it because I am a white hetero female who gets plenty of representation in books, but the LGBTQA diversity in this book felt just a little forced to me. I was happy for a main character who was bi, but then there were LOTS of other random orientations that almost felt thrown in - three gay/lesbian characters, an asexual character and an intersex character. It seemed awfully coincidental to me that so many sexual orientations turned up in this relatively small group of randomly assorted people. Still, I guess better to over-represent than under-represent?
Fans of action thrillers will find plenty to love about Assassins: Discord. Likewise, so will LGBT readers looking for a little excitement and variety in their reading. If I was more of a fan of the genre, I think I would have loved this book even more, but the book still gets an easy 3.5/5 stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
Kindra is a teenage bi-sexual assassin. Everything in her life is pretty normal right up until her father missing the target. He never misses the target, and after that moment everything begins to change. She begins to ask questions and do more research.... and worst of all she begins to wonder if they should even be killing the target.
With the botched hit brings other families to complete the mission, and Kindra notices that a girl has been following her, and before she can start putting all the pieces together she gets kidnapped by that girl (Dru) and everything changes...
I am going to get my only dislike out of the way. The family reference confused me, I never really understood if her parents are her parents... I think they are but it kind of weaves in between her calling them by their names and calling them mom and dad. So since it's a family of assassin's I can sort of understand that, however I felt it was never really clear and it just added some confusion to the overall story.
That being said, this was a fast paced action packed thrill ride! Kindra was a great main character, snarky and interesting. The overall story was good, despite some minor confusion and sometimes you have to guess who is telling the story at the moment, because the pov changes and it's not always clear up front who it is. I am looking forward to seeing how this series goes and I will be reading book 2 when it comes!