- Capa comum: 352 páginas
- Editora: Candlewick; Edição: Reprint (26 de abril de 2016)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0763687480
- ISBN-13: 978-0763687489
- Dimensões do produto: 14 x 2,3 x 21 cm
- Peso de envio: 318 g
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The Agency: A Spy in the House (Inglês) Capa Comum – 26 abr 2016
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This two-fold belief leads to the ability to hire out the services of this mysterious group's female agents because no one will bat an eyelash at saying things in front of women that they will say in front of men. Is this sexist? Yes. Is it realistic for the time as well? Also yes.
The first book, A Spy in the House follows a young beginner agent named Mary Quinn. Miss Quinn has escaped a very harsh and tragic life on the streets (and gallows) when the Agency took her in as a student and later teacher. Upon finding out the truth of what the school does, Mary jumps at the opportunity presented to her to become an agent. As she is untested, and a novice agent, her first mission is a simple one: she is to observe what occurs around a family that a senior agent is investigating, and report back any suspicious activities she observes. It is a training mission, really. Nothing more. However, a convergence of factors, including her pride and a new possible ally, lead her to a far more involved role than she, or her superiors at the Agency, were prepared for.
I really enjoyed this novel for a few reasons. One is that it isn't steampunk, but still dealt with some neat themes. Please do no not misunderstand. I am starting to love steampunk as a genre, but so often the cool stories with strong women characters, chivalrous men, and compelling interpersonal plot lines taking place in the past are steampunk. That this author did so in a very realistic portrayal of 19th century England, is terrific.
I also appreciated that this wasn't some screed against men, and didn't excuse bad women simply because they were mistreated. It is a work that has both good and bad men and women as characters, and treats them thusly. When a character does something particularly selfish, it isn't just passed off as her being a "strong woman not submitting to a man", but seen for what it is, bad behavior.
The research the author put in was obvious, and only served to strengthen the work. In fact, the only real criticism I have is that is still don't understand why the one bad guy didn't put a stop to the other bad guy's plans. Yes, there were legal issues, but nothing that should have made the one just endure it so pathetically. But, in a way, the one bad guy not being QUITE as ruthless works to the book's theme. And that's all I'll say about that. Also, the ending was a tad rushed. I really would like some more wrap-up than what this book gave us.
Other than the above, the work was terrific, very meticulously researched, and well-worth a read.
Coming from a multiple-ethnic, multi-racial (Hispanic, Anglo, Japanese) of siblings and in-laws who can look and pass for every group listed, I am so happy that stories, finally, have protagonists of different ethnic, cultural and racial backgrounds. I am 80% through the series and I'm loving it. Hope the author continues with this plucky heroine and write not only for Y.A. but for us adults as we'll.
Although there are some moments where Mary messes up, she follows into the stereotype of a protagonist following almost too naturally into role of investigator. There is suspense in finding out who committed the crime, but I never felt worried for any of the main characters’ safety. This hurt the attempted tension in some of the major scenes. With that said, Mary is still presented as a very sympathetic character who I’ve personally grown to care for.
Overall, it’s an interesting plot with a likeable protagonist in a brilliant time period. The fact the main character is of Asian heritage makes me so excited because that is so underrepresented in Victorian Era literature. I’ve already bought the second (and third…) and would strongly recommend this to be put on anyone’s to-read list!