Six of Crows
Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows. NY: Henry Holt, c2015. 480 pages.
If you go into the darkest corners of a place known as Ketterdam, you will find the six curious people who are thrown together in a quest to steal a scientist from a heavily guarded fortress. These are not six heroes, they are a mixture of orphans, thieves, and thugs who all want the big reward offered, each for reasons of their own. I have to say that this book has the most annoying cliffhanger at the end of all time. The next book in the series can't be published fast enough for me to find out what happens next.
Although this all takes place in a fantasy world, the issue of a drug that would change the balance of power in the world is not so far fetched. It seems like drug lords are always in the news today and new drugs show up at an alarming rate. One review I read compared the "theft" to a medieval Ocean's Eleven, with the elaborate plans and hair-raising close calls. At any rate, you will be on the edge of your seat as events unfold and as you come to know the characters, you will be hoping for them to succeed despite their shady past.
If you don't mind the violence, this is recommended for junior high and above.
Review by Mrs. Belkanp