Series: Also Known As #2
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on January 14, 2014
Genres: Mystery, YA
Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. But when Maggie's parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her "new team" flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.
Going Rogue starts off the summer after Also Known As. Maggie has finished her first year of “real” school, is still with Jesse and best friends with Roux. Then she finds out that her parents have been set up and things aren’t looking good for them and she’s the one that has to fix it. Going Rogue is just as much fun as Also Known As. Maggie’s assignment takes her around New York a bit, but also to Paris, which is awesome.
The action in Going Rogue starts right away and doesn’t stop until the end. It’s fast paced and while they aren’t any big twists or turns per se , but Benway keeps you guessing at how things are going to go down.
Maggie is just as much fun in Going Rogue as she was in Also Known As, maybe a little more so. Know that she has told Jesse and Roux she feels a bit freer to be herself until she finds out about her parents, then of course she wants to protect Jesse and Roux. I absolutely loved her and Jesse together, they make a great match and complement each other so well.
Jesse is adorable in Going Rogue (though he probably wouldn’t appreciate me saying that). It’s refreshing to have a “good” boy for once and he even though he fits in well with the gang and the spy business he is still the same would-rather-play-it-safe Jesse. He and Maggie have a few tense moments due to Maggie’s situation and their arguing felt so real and they were arguing about something real, rather than the random things or misunderstandings that you often see in books.
Roux is… Roux. I love her because she is different and amazing and a great friend to Maggie. She has quite possibly the worst parents ever and managed to turn out fairly ok. She also gets a love interest in Going Rogue and it’s so sweet! He’s a great guy for her.
We meet quite a few other characters in Going Rogue that help Maggie along the way. They also have unique talents and I loved how they blended together so well and I hope there is more in this series because I would love more from these characters.
The ending felt a bit rushed, but it was pretty much what you should expect from a YA spy novel. Hijinks and choas and craziness, with the good guys coming out on top. I loved how things played out with Roux and the end, it was fitting for her and like I said I hope there are more books in this series!
If you like spy thrillers Going Rogue is for you (but you should read Also Known As first)!