Title: Out of Sight, Out of Time
Author: Ally Carter
Published March 13, 2012 by Hyperion
The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan–an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home.
Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.
Some of you may remember that I’m a bit of an Ally Carter fangirl– to the extent that when I represented Cammie Morgan in the YA Sisterhood’s Heroine Tourney, I made a couple of videos pretending to be her. So you’re not going to be all that shocked by the fact that I went to the closest bookstore to me on March 13, the day that the latest Gallagher Girls book came out, and picked up a copy of my own.
Then I tore through it in one night.
Because I really, really, don’t want anyone to get spoiled too much from my review I’m going to strive to keep things a little vague, while still giving you an idea of what I thought about the book. But there is a teeny-tiny itty-bitty spoiler at the end of the review. Nothing that Ally Carter herself didn’t reveal many times before the release.
First of all, there was never a point that I wanted to set this book aside. Ally Carter whisks you off on adventure with not a single dull moment. Her pacing kept me engaged as we set off with Gallagher Girl Cammie to try to uncover the mystery surrounding the events of her summer.
The interesting thing about the amnesia factor is that at times it makes you feel a little like Cammie may be an unreliable narrator, and honestly, when done well that is one of my favorite writing devices. The mystery of the Circle of Cavan is deepened even more with the idea that somehow, whatever Cammie has learned about them, it has left a blank gap of time in her mind.
Out of Sight, Out of Time is filled with the characteristic spy lingo and reports that we’ve come to expect from the very first installment in the series, in addition to the wonderful voice of Cammie. Ally Carter has a gift for making a character that is relatable because she is strong and smart. Cammie defines herself based on what she does and the choices she makes, and YA could use more heroines like her.
In Out of Sight, Out of Time, we get some answers to the mystery that’s been building over the past few books. But the adventure isn’t over yet, and in the end, still more questions are raised.
Oh, and tiniest spoiler ever:
Like Ally Carter said on Twitter many many times, Zach really is in just a towel at one point. My immature self couldn’t help grinning. Also, he’s as swoony as ever, but one of the many reasons I love Cammie is that she may have boy drama to worry about, but she’s very aware that other things are more important.
Overall rating: 5/5. I’d say this is tied with the last Gallagher Girls book for my favorite in the series. Get your copy soon!