Coin Heist By Elisa Ludwig
Publication Date: 10 June 2014 by Adaptive Studios
Disclaimer: I received a review copy c/o the Publisher, via Netgalley.
Summary: The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.
United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the “perfect” student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. The diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.
Elisa Ludwig’s Coin Heist is a fun, suspenseful, and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that could change all of their lives for the better—if they can pull it off.
Coin Heist was a solid action booked that kept me interested from the start.
Coin Heist follows four unlikely group of kids who attempts to create fake coins from their local Mint in order to save their school. I was really surprised at how good Coin Heist was. I loved books like this, but I was a little wary about how a bunch of teenagers would attempt to pull it off.
I enjoyed how diverse these group of friends are. They defied all status quo and really found themselves depending on one another for comfort. I could see myself a little in all of these characters; I was able to identify with the struggle of social status, the pretense of keeping it together and certainly with being a minority. The characters were very much enjoyable and well developed; there were a lot of character growth, each learning how to accept themselves and the circumstances they’re in.
The plot itself was wonderfully executed. It was a good blend of colourful teenage characters, humourous banter and action. The heist itself was well organized and was well thought of. It was interesting and a lot of fun being able to see the heist itself being organized and later put into play. In my head it made for such a good heist movie. My only issue with Coin Heist was the ending (of the heist). I wanted it to be something the kids saw through till the end on their own without help from adults (though I understood the rationale of having an adult coming to their rescue).
Overall, Coin Heist is a great book that delved into many social issues despite its focus being about a heist. Coin Heist is well rounded and also well written and worth reading. Highly recommended if you enjoy heists and action books.