YA Review: Going Rogue by Robin Benway


Going Rogue by Robin Benway

Age Range: 12 – 17 years

Grade Level: 7 and up

Series: Also Known As #2

Hardcover: 320 pages

Publisher: Walker Childrens (January 14, 2014)

Genre: Spy/Mystery

Source: Digital ARC from Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

In this thrilling sequel to Also Known As, Maggie must expose corruption in the Collective … before her family becomes their next target.

Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad,
for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver. Pros: More quality time with
her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best
friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and
international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the
accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker
combinations. But when Maggie’s parents are falsely accused of stealing
priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and
clear their names. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she
loves in danger. Maggie and her “new team” flee to Paris where they must
come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.

About the Author:

ROBIN BENWAY is the acclaimed author of Also Known As, Audrey, Wait!, a 2009 ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a BCCB blue ribbon winner, amongst other honors, and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June.
Benway’s books have been published in 16 languages, won awards abroad,
and been bestsellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and
book publicist, she lives in Los Angeles.


My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Also Known As series. Maggie and her
friends embark on a new adventure in an effort to clear her parent’s
names from false accusations. The first half of the book is mostly
dedicated to drama and teenage angst, but things pick up in the second

I thoroughly loved the first book, but I didn’t enjoy this one as much. It was missing
all the fun and excitement that was so prevalent the first time around.
There was still some humor and some action, but I didn’t get sucked into
the story as easily. The second half of the book was better than the
first half. Some new characters were introduced, and they brought a new
angle to story that we hadn’t seen before, so that was a plus. There was also more of the
author’s signature humor in the second half, which is one of the reasons I liked this series so much to begin with.

Overall, I would still count this as a win, but I hope the next book goes lighter on the drama and heavier on the fun.

Content: profanity (no f-words) and innuendo.


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