So starting out, I felt the story very contrived. Almost a Boyz in the Hood for the 21st Century. You have your girl leaving the ghetto to go to a rich, private school. As the story goes on, it does get better. I enjoyed seeing the interactions after the shooting with the lawyer and how the character has to get the strength to go before the Grand Jury. I like seeing the family move to the suburbs to save themselves, but then for the white boyfriend to go with her to protest back in the city. Decent read.
Interesting conclusion, I am thinking, to Spenser's relationship with the Gray Man. A spoiled rich girl's wedding gets ruined when Gray Man comes to shoot her would-be husband and then you find out he is the father who kidnapped his daughter.
Great read! Loved the alternating chapters of Bingham's expeditions and then the author's, Adams' expeditions in present day. Great to see how people lived along the Inca Trail then and now. Loved all of the descriptive discussions about how one travels along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Spenser books are great just when you need something to listen to and not think much about. In this one, we see an art heist and murder and then putting the pieces together. The Otto/Pearl (dogs) side story I could've done without, but I did like the story with the mother and daughter and the 'father' coming back into the story and the Holocaust tie in. I would've like to hear that developed further.
Going into this read I did not think it would capture me. Seems like the 2nd and 3rd in most of these YA dystopian books do that to me. Hunger Games. Divergent. Most of these series tend to get worse with age. With The Kill Order, however, I was pleasantly surprised. I like the characters, although former military Alec was a little cliche. I liked the flashbacks of the sun flare events and how the characters holed themselves up in the skyscraper in NYC. And then their quest to find out what was going on and the crazy, zombie-like infected people around Asheville. I greatly anticipated how this group would be connected to Thomas and Teresa, and guessed correctly that Deedee was indeed Teresa.
Great practical resources and links to templates for K-2 teachers wanting to go Google. Not just G Suite templates, but also the good extensions from Alice Keelor.