Operation Child Soldier (The Academy Series Book 1)
Operation Child Soldier (The Academy Book 1) by Jaci Wheeler is my first YA dystopian suspense novel and definitely not my last by this author. Let me preface this review by saying that I was introduced to Jaci’s work by one of my faves. I normally read erotic romance and contemporary romance. Operation Child Soldier is neither one of those and yet I was hooked from the first chapter. For the first time in my life as a reader, I didn’t read the blurb before diving in so I was starting this with no idea what the book was about.
How Do You Fight A Monster When The Monster Is Your Father?
I was trained from birth to be the best Agent possible. Growing up in a Military Training Academy for unwanted children has its perks. I might not have ever been to a dance but I am a sharp shooter, master at hand to hand combat and best hacker the Academy has ever seen. I trained my whole life to pass the final and become an Elite agent. The only problem? My entire life has been a lie. My father is a monster and I’ve been trained to kill monsters.
Aria was bred to be a machine. Her life was filled with training normally taken by adults. Adults who were mentally and physically prepared for the type of training that was required of them. By the time Aria was an adult, she was the machine, the assassin her monster of a father required. But at what cost to Aria?
Operation Child Soldier brings the reader into a dystopian world, yet it is one that can be very easily imagined happening in the real world. An academy for troubled or unwanted kids? I will admit that at first, I thought it was an amazing idea. Then when I read further and discovered what the academy really was…I was appalled, but had to keep going!
From the first chapter, I was on Aria’s side. That isn’t my MO. I don’t always like or root for the heroine. Aria made me want to join her in achieving justice, no matter how she decided to serve it up. At first, I didn’t know how human Aria was. Meaning, was she the total machine that she was made to be or did she have a heart and know the difference between right and wrong? Did she have a conscience? I’ll let you read it to find out.
This novel was filled with shock after shock after OMFG. I couldn’t put it down! I really want to go into detail, but I won’t ruin it by sharing spoilers. I will say that I ended this book wanting to join Aria. She really gave a new definition to #fightlikeagirl and I absolutely loved it.
Jaci, I can’t wait for Rogue! I don’t know if I could have loved this one any more than I already do. Thank you for opening my eyes to a new genre.
Get your copy now! Rogue (The Academy Series Book 2) comes out July 23rd!
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