Hi All! It’s Becky, again. I am a huge fan of spy books so when I found T-Minus on Edelweiss I was thrilled and put it at the top of To-Read list. Here are my thoughts:
Author: Shannon Greenland
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.
Summary: Sophie Washington is the daughter of the first female President of the United States and her world is about to be rocked. Sophie’s family is under attack by a terrorist group and she has 24 hours to find the group and stop the threat.
Review: This book and I have developed a complicated relationship. I was super excited when I read the description and I was really looking forward to reading it but the book never really grabbed me. I love spy stories that are filled with intrigue and T-Minus is filled with twists and turns but I never felt immersed in the writing in the way I usually do with these types of novels. Throughout the book I found myself disappointed by Greenland’s tendency to “show and not tell”. The story is interesting and backstory is well thought out however the writing just felt a little flat. Unfortunately, so did Sophie. She had the potential to be a great character but she never felt completely developed. We learn mostly about her through flashback which, at times, felt a little jarring. Plus, I was very disappointed to learn that Greenland ignored the fact Sophie was Cuban American which I only discovered in the extra features at the end of the novel. As a librarian I am constantly looking for books with teen appeal that have diverse characters and T-Minus is a perfect example of that except the book never made it clear that Sophie is actually a diverse character. However, other than those issues the book does have teen appeal while being tween safe and is something that I would recommend.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5