Save the Enemy

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Allison Hunter Hill
Zooey Trask wonders if things might have been different had she been with her mother on the night she was killed in a random mugging. After all, her paranoid father had trained her throughout all of her childhood how to defend herself—with swords, survival skills, and even his own personal brand of martial arts. Now it is just Zooey, her dad, and her brilliant, autistic little brother, Ben—until her Dad is kidnapped, and then it is just Zooey and Ben; Ben, who only thinks in probabilities; Ben, who will not let anyone touch him; Ben, who matter-of-factly claims to be receiving vital information about their missing father from their deceased mother in his dreams. Zooey must learn to rely on her skills, communicate with her brother, and maybe even accept help from cute, stubborn classmate Pete if she ever plans to get her father back and protect her family. Greenwood weaves an intricate tale of confusion and loss as Zooey attempts to peel away the mysteries surrounding her family and her unusual upbringing. Her own identity awareness serves as the crux of the novel, and as she works to find her family, she also works to find herself. Zooey supplies much of the narrative retroactively by sharing memories, beliefs, and direct quotes from her family members. This slows down a narrative that is already somewhat bizarre and at times feels frazzled. This is good for ravenous fans of thrillers with a twist. Reviewer: Allison Hunter Hill
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Reminiscent of A Wrinkle in Time, Greenwood's debut for teens twists and turns with mysterious men, real bullets and numerous candidates for worst parent ever…. Senior year is already off to a tough start for social misfit Zoey; now Dad's been kidnapped, the computer file that could save him is missing, autistic brother Ben is getting night visits from Mom's ghost, and cute high school classmate Pete is hanging around. Despite these complications, Zoey gives developing a social life her best shot, stopping at a party before taking the next investigative step and sometimes worrying more about what to wear than her missing dad. With a side trip down Memory Lane to patch things up with ex–best friend Molly, a meteorite killing a few alpacas, and Pete sharing initials (and more?) with a team of assassins, readers may empathize when Zoey notes that plans change "every fifteen minutes or thereabouts for reasons that don't seem entirely, sometimes even at all, obvious." Teens with a philosophical bent may find references to Kant, Nietzsche and Ayn Rand entertaining; those who appreciate adventure over plot will also be entertained, but others will wish an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink plot didn't distract from genuine teen dialogue and Zoey's frank inner discourse. Sometimes less really is more--or maybe it's just less confusing. (Thriller. 14 & up)
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Praise for Save the Enemy

"Savvy, fun and fast-paced, Save the Enemy is full of twists and turns that you won't see coming.  Ukuleles, libertarians, a dog named Roscoe, a hot boy, and ghosts, all rolled into a twisting, turning mystery? This book had me at hello." 
—Jodi Lynn Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, May Bird, and Tiger Lily.

“Greenwood’s polished writing, crackling dialog, and irresistible characters make Save the Enemy a standout. Zoey’s up against some bizarre struggles, but her reactions are achingly familiar: a character to root for. A smart thriller that serves up surprises from start to finish.”
—Sophie Littlefield, nationally bestselling author of Garden of Stones

“Full of dead ends, sharp turns and swerving mishaps this mystery novel is a nonstop, high-speed chase for the truth.”
—The New Orleans Advocate

“Readers will be pulled by Zoey’s strong inner compass and martial-arts
Prowess... gnarly yet buoyant. Readers of detective, spy, and crime novels, as well as Ayn Rand fans, will find tidbits to enjoy as Zoey and family prevail against the odds.”
—Booklist

“An intricate tale of confusion and loss as Zoey attempts to peel away the mysteries surrounding her family and her unusual upbringing... This is good for ravenous fans of thrillers with a twist.”
—VOYA

"Part mystery-thriller, part coming-of-age tale, and part romance with a pinch of the paranormal."
—School Library Journal

"Thrilling, chilling, funny and true to life... a dream come true for readers.”
—Gary Shteyngart

“Reminiscent of A Wrinkle in Time, Greenwood’s debut for teens twists and turns with mysterious men, real bullets and numerous candidates for worst parent ever…. [readers] with a philosophical bent may find references to Kant, Nietzsche and Ayn Rand entertaining.”
Kirkus Reviews

Save the Enemy isn’t your standard YA novel... a madcap adventure.”
—Bustle 

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—Part mystery-thriller, part coming-of-age tale, and part romance with a pinch of the paranormal, this debut novel doesn't seem to quite know what it wants to be. When Zoey Trask's father is kidnapped, the 17-year-old must find something called a "J-File" and hand it over to whomever has her father in custody. Her autistic younger brother, Ben, claims that their murdered mother is speaking to him in his dreams. He begins writing down a code of names and addresses that may be the key to finding their father. Then there's the mysterious love interest. Even though they barely know each other, Pete refuses to leave Zoey's side throughout the book. Unfortunately, while she periodically comments on his odd behavior, her hormones overshadow her suspicions. Zoey is a self-deprecating and reasonably likable character, but she doesn't quite come off sounding like a real teen. Too many SAT-type words feel randomly sprinkled in and may turn off some more reluctant readers. While most teen thrillers require some suspension of disbelief, there are just too many convenient plot elements here to make this one a true success. The pacing is decent and the story has potential but overall it is just too convoluted.—Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Hudson Library & Historical Society, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616952594
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 678,926
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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