Top critical review
A good tale, but didn't wow me
9 March 2019
Orphan Monster Spy, is set during the second world war. Sarah is a Jewish girl, with nothing left to lose, when she meets a spy. He is trying to stop the war from escalating any further, the key to this, it seems is to get Sarah enrolled into a Nazi boarding school, where she can get close to a scientist's daughter.
The book is written in third person and is pretty easy to read. However, there are quite a few flashbacks and German words used. Also, we are quite often privy to Sarah's thoughts as she talks to herself.
I did like this book, it was very interesting to read about children and their thoughts and feelings about the Nazi regime, from those inside Germany. Sarah and the captain were also very interesting characters and I liked the relationship between them. There was also a lot of thought and research that went into this book and it shows, everything that happened felt very realistic and you really got a sense of just how horrible things were in Germany at this time.
That being said, there was a few things about this book I didn't like. I didn't enjoy the pacing of the book, we seemed to spend an endless amount of time in the school, seeing how horrible everyone was. Sarah, for a fifteen year old, who apparently lacked social skills, seemed to take to spying like a duck to water, which I felt was a little odd.
I also just found the book a bit odd, I'm not sure what I am supposed to take away from it now I've read it, we all know Germany was not a nice place during the war years, but it seems to be that that was all the author was highlighting. It does appear though, that this book is the first in a series, so I'm hoping the next instalment will better.