Monday, January 13, 2014

ARC Review: Going Rogue

by Robin Benway
3.5/5 stars
Walker Childrens, 2014
320 pages
YA Contemporary Caper
Scheduled to release January 14

Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was absolutely enchanted by last year's Also Known As and was thrilled to continue the series with this sequel. There are two big changes for this go-around: Maggie's best friend Roux and boyfriend Jesse know about her life as a spy and the Collective are no longer the good guys Maggie always thought they were with everyone becoming a potential enemy.

For me this book was split in to two parts though not formally. In the first half, Maggie is learning about the threat to her way of life and continuing to adjust to outsiders knowing about her and in the second half, everyone is on the run. I far preferred the second half as things actually were happening. The first part still had the same engaging writing that I expected in this series but it took so long to build to anything. Instead Maggie is having arguments with Jesse and Roux as well as her parents and though Angelo is positioned as a good guy, I was getting some sketchy vibes from him. Previously people who were thought to be trustworthy were proved otherwise and I didn't want that to be the case for Angelo (I'm not going to spoil you about where his loyalties lie.) There were some great moments when Maggie dives back into the spy's life including having to stay frozen for hours in a bad guy's apartment but mostly I was waiting for something exciting to happen.

The second part seemed significantly shorter though I didn't keep track of the page count. This is when Maggie, Roux, and Jesse go on the run, ending up in Paris and falling in with a whole new crew. We did not get to spend much time with these people so I don't really have an opinion about them at this time. They seemed okay but I liked Maggie's high school hijinks more and wasn't interested in meeting so many new people this late in the game. Also I may be a bit paranoid but I kept suspecting them of nefarious motives as well.

Overall I didn't feel the two parts cohered well together as each gave me a fairly different tone. I am definitely less enthusiastic about this second installment than I was about its predecessor. This book just seemed a bit on the slow side for me and I wanted more excitement throughout.


  1. I actually liked this one more because in the first book I didn't really see Maggie as a spy as much. I guess I am used to the Gallagher Girls books in that regard so I was expecting more. In Going Rogue I thought she got to do more spy work. I think the first book focused more on her adjusting to life as a teen in the non-spy world and starting a romance with Jesse and a friendship with Roux. I thought she displayed more confidence and skill in this one.

  2. Sorry to hear you didn't connect with this one as strongly as you did with the first installment. I hear this series is very fun and light, best enjoyed in between heavier reads. Will you be continuing on with the series, despite the shortcomings of this installment? Or is this your stopping point? Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Great review!

    Marlene @ The Flyleaf Review

  3. I agree with you that the first half of this was a little slow. Things did definitely picked up toward the end, though. And you make a good point -- I was annoyed by all the new characters and it definitely could be because they got thrown in at the very end....
    I'm still a fan of this series but hope the next installment has more oomph!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  4. I have this on my tbr pile but haven't got the chance to read it.
    I'm really curious about the second half, I hope I can read it soon!
    Lis @ The reader lines

  5. Great point about the new characters. When I was halfway through, someone said to me how great the new people were in Going Rogue + I was like... what new people? And then I met them and I liked them just fine but now that you mention it. Yep, it happened too late. Part of me wonders if we'll get a spin off with those characters? Not sure if the book series is going to continue but it might make sense. I did enjoy this one, and I love Robin's characters, but yep. You are so so right.


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