Take two child geniuses (thieves in their spare time), one obsessed assassin, and the richest man in the world to create a compelling, completely unpredictable young adult thriller. Fifteen-year-olds Ashley and Benjamin have concocted a daring master plan: to steal billionaire Hammond Buckland's most precious belonging, hidden in the depths of his conspicuous corporate building. But Hammond Buckland has a most elaborate plan of his own - and none of them have counted on Peachey, the hit man with a determination to finish the job - at any cost!The beginning of a dazzling new series from Jack Heath, author of The Lab and Remote Control.
There are books that take you by surprise at just how much fun they are to read, how well thought out, how succinctly tied up at each step and most of all how nicely balanced each of the characters who inhabit it's pages come across to the reader. Money Run is just such a thrill ride in a genre that I do not get a chance to entertain myself with as often as I would like as my first love of paranormal romance seems to always take front and center on most of my reading.
Money Run is not your typical YA fare but a taut suspenseful thriller that takes place within a 24 hour time period and manages to weave together humor, action, mystery and more packed into a few hours of reading time within less than 300 pages! We are forced to remind ourselves time and time again as the story unfolds that the thieves are a 15 year old boy and girl and that the cat and mouse game they end up being forced to play when the heist becomes more than a simple "snatch and grab" is one that could cost Ashley her life if she does not manage to keep outwitting the deadly hit man who has her in his sights after she stops him from killing his target Hammond Buckland.
The elaborate scheme that Ashley and her friend Benjamin concocted to give Ashley a legitimate reason to be in the high rise and have access to Hammond Buckland's office is one that feels authentic and shows just how motivated a couple of very smart teens can be when $200 million dollars is the takeaway prize!
My thoughts while reading kept coming back to the same thing that this story was very "visual" as it read like an action thriller movie with bigger than life stunts and some of the best thought out ways to utilize a human brain versus brawn that has ever been implemented by a character since MacGyver. Even Jason Bourne has nothing on Ashley Arthur when it comes to outsmarting the bad guys and her ability to adapt and overcome obstacles in her path is nothing short of inspiring!
To be sure if I get my hands on anything else by author Jack Heath will consider it as good as read ASAP as love his style and panache with the storyline and his characters are just the kind to keep me wanting to know more!
Totally terrific read and looking forward to more about Ash and Benjamin!
[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]