Hillary Woody's Reviews > Inside the Shadow City

Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
Rate this book
Clear rating

by
4213936
's review
Feb 07, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult
Read in February, 2011

I was hooked the minute I read the little quip on the back of the book: “Five delinquent Girl Scouts, a million hungry rats, one secret city beneath Manhattan, and a butt-kicking girl superspy.” That would be the unforgettable Kiki Strike the title character of Kirsten Miller’s debut novel.

Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City is a story of a girl named Ananka and her adventures with the mysterious Kiki Strike and three other girls who have outgrown the Girl Scouts. Together they explore a secret underground city and ultimately must also work together to save their classmates and New York City.

Kiki Strike is a clever and witty novel which is mostly mystery, part action and zero love story. It seems like it is hard these days to find a young adult novel which doesn’t have a love story or a host of brooding characters. But Ananka, Kiki, and the others are confident and interesting and never talk about boys (though they drink a lot of coffee). Each character has their own special skill—one girl is a master of disguise, one is the city’s best counterfeiter, one is good with machines, and another is a chemist. Together they are an intriguing and dangerous bunch.

Readers will enjoy Ananka’s helpful tips on topics like “How to take advantage of being a girl,” How to be a master of disguise,” and “How to get what you want,” which are both hilarious and practical.
flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Inside the Shadow City.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.