Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P.): By Eoin Colfer



Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims' dwellings. On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI's Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (WARP) Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern day London, followed closely by Garrick.

In modern London, Riley is helped by Chevron Savano, a nineteen-year-old FBI agent sent to London as punishment after a disastrous undercover, anti-terrorist operation in Los Angeles. Together Riley and Chevie must evade Garrick, who has been fundamentally altered by his trip through the wormhole. Garrick is now not only evil, but he also possesses all of the scientist's knowledge. He is determined to track Riley down and use the timekey in Chevie's possession to make his way back to Victorian London where he can literally change the world.


While W.A.R.P. is not Artemis Fowl, fans of Colfer’s previous YA series will not be disappointed.

Colfer has created an engaging storyline laced with action, mystery, and time travel that any reader is sure to love.

Both main characters, Chevron and Riley, are likable and well written. If I had to pick a favorite I’d have to say Riley, as he’s smart, adaptable, and quick on his feet. He also was just a fun character to read about. Of course besides Chevron and Riley, Colfer has done a fantastic job creating a blood curdling villain in Albert Garrick. Garrick is smart, sinister, and it is fascinating to watch the change that occurs after his exposure to time travel in the beginning of the book. He is the type of villain that leaves reader’s jaws gaping
All in all, the story is gripping, the action non-stop, and the characters likable and fun to read about. Readers will really find themselves rooting for Chevron and Riley, and with the mysteries established in the final pages of the book, I personally can’t wait until the next in the series comes out.  


Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Published: May 7, 2013

Price: $17.99

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