Title: Killing November
Author: Adriana Mather
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Page Length: 368
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Age Range: YA
Goodreads Synopsis: It’s a school completely off the grid, hidden by dense forest and surrounded by traps. There’s no electricity, no internet, and an eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes include everything from Knife-Throwing and Poisons to the Art of Deception and Historical Analysis. And all of the students are children of the world’s most elite strategists—training to become assassins, counselors, spies, and master impersonators. Into this world walks November Adley, who quickly discovers that friends are few in a school where personal revelations are discouraged and competition is everything. When another student is murdered, all eyes turn to November, who must figure out exactly how she fits into the school’s bizarre strategy games before she is found guilty of the crime…or becomes the killer’s next victim.
I listened to the audiobook and I think it was the best way to experience the story. This is mostly because a character uses multiple accents and I just found it so funny to hear.
I loved the idea of a hidden society and their elite children going to a hidden assassin school! Like, who wouldn’t want to go to that?! Ok as long as there was no real risk of you dying at the school lol.
With November having no knowledge of this world and these students already being familiar with the world and each other, November is forced to play catch up. But really how do you play catch up when someone is clearly out to kill you?
November is strong and confident, when not confused. She realizes rather early that she isn’t as prepared for this place as she had initial thought – although initially, she thought this was just a temporary two-week stay. She is outspoken and competitive, although there are moments where, internally, she seems to question herself.
This book is full of characters where you are questioning their motives and whether or not you can trust them. I had many suspicions with a couple of characters – figuring they were the main villain in the story. I was close, but not entirely correct, which I was happy with.
The idea of this secret school totally intrigued me – I loved the idea that trees were grown on the roof and there was a stealth shield (or something along those lines) hiding the school from the real world – way more in depth then others, where they just make it look like a normal school but…
I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next one, along with Adriana’s other two books (How to Hang a Witch and Haunting the Deep). If you like teen assassins (really more than) and boarding schools with a bit of mystery, I think you’ll like this one.
Note: If you have read this and want to discuss, the TBR and Beyond Book Club Facebook Group will be discussing it on June 28-29 (link) and Adriana will be joining the group for a spoiler-free live chat on June 26th at 8pm EST.