Hill, Will, Battle Lines. pgs. 591. Penaguin Group, 2013. Language: PG-13 Language: R (80 swears). Mature Content: PG-13, Violence: PG-13
Still recovering from Valeri Romanov’s deadly attack and subsequent abduction of Henry Seward, Department 19 is under the new direction of Cal Holmwood. One of his first orders is to disband G-17. Thrown by the decision, Jamie is trying his best to be an effective leader of the Internal Security Assessment Team (ISAT). His job is to root out traitors. Meanwhile, his former teammate, Larissa is sent to work with NS9, the deparment’s sister organization. The other friend, Matt Browning is sent to work in the depths of the Loop on Project Lazarus in order to find a cure for the vampiric plague. When a coordinated, global attack on maximum security prisons turns a bunch of inmates into vampires, the trio know that time is running out. Can Jamie, Matt, and Larissa find the traitors in the organization? Will they find a cure for the vampire plague? Will they prevent the world from finding out about vampires?
The characters are well developed and engaging. The plot is intense, well-paced, and draws the reader easily into Jamie, Larissa, and Matt’s world. Readers who have enjoyed the prequels will enjoy reading this book. HS. OPTIONAL Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.