Friday, June 6, 2014

Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig ARC Book Review

Coin HeistCoin Heist by Elisa Ludwig
Publisher: Adaptive Studios
Publish Date: June 10th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
eBook, 225 pages

The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.

United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the "perfect" student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. The diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.

Elisa Ludwig's Coin Heist is a fun, suspenseful, and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that could change all of their lives for the better—if they can pull it off.
Obviously Elisa Ludwig knows how to tell a story about crime. Coin Heist wasn't as exciting as I expected it to be but that turned out to be okay. The idea that a bunch of teenagers can pull of a crime of this caliber was the very reason I picked this book up in the first place. 

As a fan of Pretty Crooked I pretty much grabbed this book without reading the blurb until after I'd initially requested it.
Ludwig has such a way with characters that it's so easy to get wrapped up in their lives and in their stories that you can quickly lose sight of the plot and not even care.
Her characters are all from different walks of life, as different as night and day but they always manage to mesh in a way that seems impossible. 

I love how easily she incorporates different minorities, social statuses, etc. and makes them work together. 

I think the thing I like most about her writing and this book in particular is that there always seems to be some underlying message.  Coin Heist is told in about four different perspectives and ironically it works. Normally this would drive me sort of batty but it worked because you truly got to know each character on their own time.

The characters are the true shining stars of this novel, the plot is just the icing on the cake. It's not even really the thing that holds the story together.

It's not particularly thrilling or exciting (at least not until about the last 30 percent or so) but I think its worth reading because anyone that reads this book can and will find something to relate to, and you might even walk away having learned something about yourself.

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