Lawless by Jeffrey Salane: A New Look on Supervillains, not Superheroes

The Lawless School provides the right education for kids on the wrong side of the law.

M Freeman has been homeschooled her entire life. So M has no idea just how unusual her education has been – not until she leaves home to attend the prestigious (and mysterious) Lawless School.

Suddenly, it’s very clear to M that her tutors have been preparing her all along for a life of crime. She excels at escape tactics. She’s a whiz at spotting forgeries. Her years of piano lessons pay off when picking pockets and cracking safes.

M’s newfound talent for criminal mischief soon brings her to the attention of the Masters, the secretive school’s most secretive clique. M’s interest in the Masters is personal – joining this international dishonor society is her best chance to learn the truth about her father’s life . . . and his death. But when her first real-world heist goes wrong, M is left wondering: Is there truly honor among thieves?

Description taken from Goodreads.

Besides the fact that there truly was no plot about midway through this book, it was great. If you’re fine with having a drop right in the middle of the story–be my guest for this one. The action and adventures themes are written very well and everything is perfectly directed towards the middle grade audience. It’s not too old, not too young.

I personally didn’t think that was much of a reason for a few of the things that went on in this story nor was there really a basis behind M’s personality.

However, as I stated before, there’s so much going for LAWLESS outside of those factors. The plot moves quickly and the whole idea behind the school is interesting, if not really necessary. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book. There are lots of great fighting scenes as well as different spy references and interesting ideas. It was awesome to see a book about supervillains instead of superheroes and overall, I did really like it. 3 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 336

Series: Lawless


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