The Eleventh Hour: Agent Nomad Book One (Skye Melki-Wegner, Random House)
The Eleventh Hour kicks off the ‘Agent Nomad’ series by Skye Melki-Wegner, author of ‘Chasing the Valley’. It follows 15-year-old protagonist Natalie Palladino as she discovers a world she thought could never exist: one that intertwines ‘magic’, science and secret agents. When Natalie is first thrust into this world, she doesn’t quite feel at home. However, she soon strikes up some unlikely friendships and starts to learn the ropes of being a secret agent with powers. The Eleventh Hour explores the notion of family and what it means, friendship and how spontaneous it can be, and the importance of standing up for and believing in yourself. It’s a captivating read, written in a simple but engaging style. From the coast of Mornington Peninsula to the gothic Tower of London, readers are in for a ride. The Eleventh Hour is an engaging, fast-paced story with heart-stopping action and heart-warming friendships. It is highly recommended for readers aged 14 and up.
Angelique Gouvas is a freelance writer and reviewer, and blogs about YA at Angel Reads