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One thing I found interesting about the story is that for all our witty protagonist's desire to blow Tander like a cheap popsicle stand, or in this case a 'pottery' stand ;), Kip is constantly drawn back to the sandy, sucky, town by his loyalty and love for his friends. On the one hand, the dude leads kind of a roguish life, pulling cons, heists, etc, to make enough coin for his next meal (and the food thing is a big deal for Kip, he's a growing teenage boy, after all), on the other, he's developed this interesting network of friends. (ie. Gorgo, Kay, Deena, and even his feline roommate, Roxy).
Kip's a young orphan that seems to be coming to terms with the realization that for all his streetwise independence and solitary existence, he truly does have family, one that he can't stomach leaving in any sort of peril. I would like to see more of these relationships explored in the sequel.
Kip the Quick is the story of a young thief who steals his way into trouble, which he quickly learns to steal his way out of. It is a first person fantasy tale of action and adventure and was a fun and quick read with a character that I didn’t at first like, but he grew on me and, by the end, I was rooting for him to win. There are some scenes that stretch credibility, but that’s the joy of reading fantasy. After all, it’s a story to escape into, not real life.
I read this book originally in two sittings, so things moved quickly enough to keep me involved, and I was satisfied with the ending.
If you enjoy first person YA, with a swashbuckling, deft-fingered hero, this book should fit you well.
I once stated that the book's setting and protagonist reminded me of Assassin's Creed without the assassinations. Kip is a parkour expert of a thief. He vaults around rooftops and through alleyways in search of the ultimate treasure, and the perfect heist.
The story is well-written and Hill clearly cares about his characters which is nice. The book isn't without faults; mainly an emotional connection to the characters. I didn't feel invested and I thought that the stakes weren't all that high. Also, for being set in a Persian or Arab-influenced setting I found the names of characters and places a little generic (i.e. Ron the Con, Kip). But, those are minor gripes, and it is a fast read.
Unfortunately, I can't think of a whole lot to say about this book - I wish I could, since the author is so willing to chat with readers! The only other thing I can think of right now is that some of the transitions could have been better; it may have been partly my own fault, but there were a couple of times when I started a new chapter and had absolutely no idea what Kip was doing or why he was doing it. I figured it out fairly quickly, but I still think a little more explanation at times wouldn't hurt.
Actually, I thought of one more thing for potential readers! This would have been great as a standalone novel (it had a satisfying ending and everything!), but the added epilogue suggests another installment. If that's true, what happens in the second book will be a complete surprise to me - I really was happy with the way this one ended.
Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
I'd started reading the book out of curiosity and finished it in one day, so curious was I about how the kid could pull it off. But there were further surprises in store.
The books ends on a note that suggests sequels, but unlike so many books nowadays, the book is completely satisfying even if the story never continues--though I hope it does. I'd like to see how Kip seeks his fortune and returns to those he left behind.
Disclaimer: I was given the book for free with no requirement to review it, good or bad. I wasn't even sure I'd read it--but glad I did.