Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don't make a career out of stealing other people's property without making enemies. When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation's hit list because they've accidentally stolen the wrong thing--plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them. Lexa's world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn claims to know who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss? More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her? Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that's pristine isn't always innocent, and being a criminal isn't always wrong.
“’This is the place where we fix bad puppets…It’s time to remind you who’s pulling the strings.’”
Lexa lives in a world of larceny and trickery—it’s the only life she’s known. After arriving on Turpin’s door seven years earlier, high on stims and no memory of where she came from, she became one of the best and has a record of never getting caught. Suddenly, her world turns on its axis, and she finds herself having to trust a boy she has only dreamed about—literally—and being treated like a stranger to the people she has known her entire life.
For me, this book had a slow start and I was kind of wary of it. Although, as I got farther into the story, I began to really like Lexa’s character and her spunk. She can’t lie, her hamartia, and that adds a certain quality to the person that she is—a thief, whose job is to con people, that can’t lie. It’s poetic, really. As I dove farther into the story, and her relationship with Quinn reveals itself, I began to enjoy the story as a whole. The adoration that Quinn reserves specifically for the girl who doesn’t remember him or has not seen him in over seven years is something that seemed crucial to the person that Lexa would become, not only who she already was. When Lexa realized that the world around has more secrets, other than the ones that have been hidden from her and about her, she is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the people she has grown to love.
“’They’ll never see me coming…And they’ll be sorry once I’m done.’”
Overall, I enjoyed the novel. I would have loved for the villain to have been more developed and hope that there may be some more insight into her character as the series continues. I will be reading the rest of the series (especially after that cliff hanger), because I’ve got to know what happens next!