Title: United We Spy
Series: Gallagher Girls #6
Author: Ally Carter
Read via: Purchased
Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.
It’s come to the end. Wow. I still am unprepared for this series to be over, but what a brilliant way to end. So in the week leading up to the release of this, I went back and reread the series. I fell in love with it all over again, and while it helped me to tie the various plots together better, it also made it even harder to say goodbye to this incredible cast of characters. I have never read a series quite like Gallagher Girls, and I will miss my adventures with these amazing girls. Ally Carter struck gold with these books, and I think it is a seriously underrated series.
Cammie would definitely make the top ten of my favorite YA characters, and she has come so far since the start of the series. In United We Spy, she is still dealing with the aftermath of the events from Out of Sight, Out of Time. However, she has not allowed the trauma and grief she experienced to break her, and she is determined to destroy the Circle for good. Things quickly begin to spiral out of control and it becomes nearly impossible to know who to trust. But of course, Cammie can always rely on Bex, Macey, and Liz. The friendship between these four girls is truly remarkable. They would literally die for each other, and after leaving the “safety” of their school, dying certainly becomes a real option. Cammie also has Zach. The relationship between these two is brilliantly written. United We Spy is not a romance, but there is romance in it. It’s refreshing to have a book like that, and Cammie and Zach prove to be incredibly supportive of each other.
I was quite worried as I began to read this book. It’s very hard to write a satisfying end to any series, but with Gallagher Girls, there were a lot of loose ends to tie up. I can happily report that Ally Carter manages the impossible, and United We Spy is a perfect, exquisite ending. Cammie, Bex Macey, Liz, and Zach are put to their hardest tests yet, and they will all be changed forever.
Overall, I was blown away by this book. It was heartbreaking, epic, adorable, hilarious, and terrifying. I found myself laughing aloud and also in tears. Saying goodbye to this series was extremely hard, but Ally Carter crafted an amazing ending that ties the entire series together. I would highly recommend Gallagher Girls. It’s both lighthearted and it reaches the deepest depths of emotion. Plus, it’s about a school for spies- what’s not to love?
Sorry, but I had to share this quote as it had me sobbing.
Also, it is the one issue I had with the book. It mentions parents being there, and it’s like a “normal” graduation. Then there’s all the revealing of Gallagher Girl secrets…color me confused with where the secrecy went, but I do love this still.
“What is a Gallagher Girl? When I was eleven I thought I knew the answer to that question. That was when the recruiters came to see me. They showed me brochures and told me they were impressed by my test scores and asked if I was ready to be challenged. And I said yes. Because that was what a Gallagher Girl was to me then, a student at the toughest school in the world.
What is a Gallagher Girl? When I was thirteen I thought I knew the answer to that question. That was when Dr. Fibs allowed me to start doing my own experiments in the lab. I could go anywhere- make anything. Do anything my mind could dream up. Because I was a Gallagher Girl. And, to me, that meant I was the future.
What is a Gallagher Girl? When I was seventeen I stood on a dark street in Washington, D.C., and watched one Gallagher Girl literally jump in front of a bullet to save the life of another. I saw a group of women gather around a girl whom they had never met, telling the world that if any harm was to come to their sister, it had to go through them first.
What is a Gallagher Girl? I’m eighteen now, and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that I don’t really know the answer to that question.
Maybe she is destined to be our first international graduate and take her rightful place among Her Majesty’s Secret Service with MI6.
Maybe she is someone who chooses to give back, to serve her life protecting others just as someone once protected her.
Who knows? Maybe she’s an undercover journalist. An FBI agent. A code breaker. A queen. Maybe she’s even a college student. Or maybe she’s so much more.
What is a Gallagher Girl? She’s a genius, a scientist, a heroine, a spy. And now we are at the end of our time at school, and one thing I know for certain is this: A Gallagher Girl is whatever she wants to be.
And, most of all, she is my sister.”
Overall: 4.3 out of 5