This exciting new series from NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.
Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay–in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.
All Fall Down is a tantalizing mystery that straddles the line between good old-fashioned sleuthing and reckless abandon. Grace questions her sanity and her heart as she struggles to find the truth buried beneath politics, lies, and expectations.
- Grace’s hysteria and bull-headed certainty is wild, chaotic, and gets her in tons of trouble. Grace leaps into action in hilarious, clumsy antics that could potentially cause World War III-seriously. Bursting at the seams with emotions that propel her ever onward in her quest for answers, Grace barely has time to think let alone deal with the consequences of her actions. Grace is traumatized by an event that turned her world upside down, she has moments of panic-filled PTSD that typically turns into something embarrassing that she’s helpless to prevent. Grace gets worked up easily and lets her emotions rule. Grace’s fear and sadness is real, she’s desperate to find her mother’s killer, so much so that she’ll risk anything, even her life. This steady goal is almost manic at times and it’s easy to sympathize with her.
- An unexpected and startling twist that turns the entire story on its head. What you thought was solid disappears in a cloud of smokey uncertainty. Nothing is what it seems.
- Slight romance. What I loved and respected about All Fall Down was that it’s not romance centered. In fact, romance barely makes it into the plot. All Fall Down is about picking up the pieces after loss, self discovery, mourning, and justice. Romance is secondary and only when Grace starts to figure out who she is does it kindle.
- Noah is light and playful, he brings Grace out of her shell and gets her to laugh again. His friendship is honest and understanding, he believes her and that’s everything.
- Secondary characters, for the most part, were unremarkable. The premise was fascinating. Kids from all different cultures united under their parents’ roles in the Embassy. I wish there had been more of this-the culture, the friendships, the various relationships between countries. These characters were introduced and many faded into the background or were typical, like the cliché mean girl.
- Some sections drag. As Grace scrambles to find her footing and avoid stirring up an international catastrophe, a lot of speculation and wandering happens. While critical to the plot, it’s extensive and was slow to pick up until the end.
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