Friday, April 26, 2013

How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller

How to Lead a Life of Crime
Good Reads Summary
How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller

A meth dealer. A prostitute. A serial killer.

Anywhere else, they’d be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, they’re called prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to graduate. The rest disappear.

Flick, a teenage pickpocket, has risen to the top of his class. But then Mandel recruits a fierce new competitor who also happens to be Flick’s old flame. They’ve been told only one of them will make it out of the Mandel Academy. Will they find a way to save each other—or will the school destroy them both?

My Thoughts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The lead in this one is pretty awesome in a cocky and bad ass and wise to the ways of the world kind of way. And his world? It's a violent one. I feel that that's the most remarkable thing about HTLaLoC how there's always something worse that could happen, and then how it all feels like it's happened to Flick or happened because of him. How so?

In the first half we have a Eugenedis feeling lead in Flick. He's no apologies about how he's living and there's almost has a cocky thing going for him in the level of skill he's attained. You know, expert thief and all? Is that where my Gen comparison ends? Not quite because this one like Thief got darker then darker then darker still. Because the whole learning to be worse for him while she's carving out a place for kids like them? The contrast between them was.. interesting, I suppose. Because with him, things got really gritty and while she's not exactly living a charmed life, with him she felt almost too good.

But then there's the second half that' got complicated/ convoluted in how one thing linked to another aspect of the story and how insanely insane the in's and out's of the place could get. Think mutant academy less the mutants but more the psychopaths, sociopaths and a mad so and so thrown into the mix. It's not just the politics insides though, as the academy apparently had a reach that's so far and wide that it got a bit difficult to swallow, ala secret societies in elite schools only here the school is the secret society from whence an overly complicated web originates.

It's different, it's violent.. heck, he's a violent lead, but big shocker here: that's what I liked about it. It's only in pitting him against so and so that things got a bit too unreal for me... oh wait! not exacty as it's actually all the mad scientists and their mad claims that did. Everything prior? Interesting, in a crazy violent kind of way.     

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