Title: The Long Game : A Fixer Novel #2
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release Date: 6/7/16
Reviewed by: Emily
After a year at the elite Hardwicke Academy, Tess Kendrick has established herself as the school’s “fixer,” following in her mother’s footsteps. While Tess helps a classmate run for student body president, her mother Ivy works to uncover the secrets of a terrorist plot (and hide the secrets her clients don’t want found). And since Ivy’s clients are the parents of Tess’ classmates, Tess finds herself tangled in something far more sinister than a dirty campaign. Hardwicke is at the center of a terrorist group, and Tess discovers not everyone is what they seem, not even those she called her friend.
Review: The sequel to The Fixer is finally here! (Well, the ARCs are, at least. Sorry.)
When I read a sequel, I (and I think most people as well) have a habit of comparing it to its predecessor. The Long Game is an exciting, heart-pounding thriller that more than lives up to the expectations set by the first novel. It’s a strong continuation of the story; pulling the characters we love into a new adventure while they are still dealing with the aftermath of the first one.
What I like the most about Tess is her undying drive to bring justice to others, especially that she works to help and uplift other young women.
The Long Game is about relationships. Tess trying to navigate her new relationship with Ivy as mother and daughter, and the two of them finding a way forward, as well as Tess with her newfound friends, rediscovering the importance of friends after isolating herself for so long to hide her grandfather’s decline to dementia in order to remain with him. That’s what really makes The Long Game stand out. Not only is it filled with action and thrills, but also is driven primarily by the characters and how they interact with one another, which makes the story very relatable to readers.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ books remind me of one of the main reasons I love Young Adult: They’re stories that focus on teenagers as people who are growing into adulthood and dealing with the emotional turmoil of that transitional period.