Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Review: The Medusa Project - Double-Cross by Sophie McKenzie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: June 9th, 2011
Grade rating: B+
Narrated by Nico, Double-Cross is full of telekinetic action as the Medusa Project team arrive in Sydney, Australia, for another exciting mission - and come face-to-face with two more Medusa teens: Cal, a boy who can fly, and Amy, a girl who can shapeshift...but who is double-crossing who?
I've been reading the Medusa Project series since the first book was published and I can't believe we're on the fifth one already! Double-Cross is the penultimate book in the series, and I think it's the most exciting instalment yet. There are so many revelations in this book, most of them pretty shocking. After the group travel to Sydney, Australia, Nico finally finds some information on his birth father, Geri Paterson's involvement in the project becomes crystal clear and there are even one or two new Medusa teens thrown in for good measure. Phew!
The new characters are great additions to the already large cast of characters and, even though I do love Nico, Ketty, Ed and Dylan, I think it's about time we got some new people to shake things up. Amy is Ed's younger sister who can shapeshift to look like anyone she wants (cool, eh?) and Cal is a boy they meet in Sydney with a clever knack for flying. Yes, actual flying. That comes in handy, let me tell you. Just when I thought Nico and Co. were doomed for good, in swoops Cal and swoops them off to safety. It's exciting stuff!
Nico is probably my favourite of all the Medusa narartors, so I'm glad this book returned to his POV. He acts like an idiot in this book though, and his jealousy over Ketty gets the best of him. I'm not sure I'm too fond of that side of him, but I can't wait to see what it means for their relationship in the next book. I think things could be very bumpy for them unless Nico gets his act together. I hope they come through it okay though, because I've been shipping those two from the start. Fingers crossed...
Double-Cross is possibly the most revelatory book in this series so far, and that's saying something. Although I didn't think the characterisation was as strong this time, I think the plot was at its best. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, though now I wish I'd waited a bit longer to read it. The sixth and final book, Hit Squad, hits shelves in March 2012, and I am already holding my breath in anticipation. How will it all end? Will the Medusa kids get happy endings? I'll have to wait and see!