Title: Out of Sight, Out of Time
Author: Ally Carter
The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan–an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers that months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home.
Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach must face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and willing stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.
Ah, the second-to-last book in a series. It sets things up for the grand finale but has to be able to somewhat stand up on its own (something not all trilogies do that well, thus middle book syndrome). Luckily for the Gallagher Girls series, I think this book did a good job of setting up the final conflict of the sixth, final book and managed to be an interesting book in its own right.
I reread the first four books in the series before reading this one, so I can’t judge how well it reminds the reader of what has happened in the past while still moving forward. I don’t remember being irritated with repeated reminders, so that seems like a good sign, but that might just be because I still remembered what had happened recently. Either way, it started off quite interestingly, with Cammie waking up with no memory of the past few months and no idea where she is.
When Cammie finally gets back to her “regular” life at the Gallagher Academy, things are a bit different thanks to the fact that Cammie is different and no one really knows how to deal with her. This portion of the book was both interesting and frustrating. The frustrating part comes from the fact that Cammie’s friends are having trouble dealing with her and she feels slightly isolated, which in turn made me, as the reader, feel kind of isolated from the characters I had grown to know and like in the past few books. It wasn’t necessarily a bad thing – in fact, it’s probably good that Ally Carter was able to make me feel Cammie’s own emotions so well – but it did slightly bother me.
It was interesting to figure out what was going on along with Cammie. The end of the book was pretty exciting, with a clue coming from the very first book that I certainly didn’t remember, despite just having reread it, but that Cammie the genius was able to catch. Normally I might roll my eyes at the fact that she was able to easily pull out a memory of a brief comment from two years ago, but as the books have already set up, these girls are not normal and have excellent memories, along with plenty of other skills.
The reveal of a bad guy in their midst and her/his (don’t worry, not going to spoil the gender, the use of “guy” is just because the typical term is “bad guy,”) plan to deal with Cammie was a little fuzzy, though. This might be due to Cammie’s own fuzziness at the time – you’ll understand if you’ve read it – or it could be the result of less-than-clear writing, but it didn’t last too long so it didn’t bug me that much.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am anxiously awaiting the final book, even though I’ll be sad to see it end. This book was more emotional and dark than the past books, which seems to be a theme with each new book in this series, but that wasn’t a bad thing. If you haven’t read the Gallagher Girls books and like spies, boarding schools, and top-secret evil organizations, you should check this series out; really, you should try these books even if you don’t.