Teen Killers Club has one of the most unique thriller premises I’ve seen in a while. This YA story is a combination of murder mystery and assassin training thriller, with a summer camp setting and a love triangle thrown in for good measure.
Signal Deere was wrongfully convicted of her best friend’s gruesome death. She’s sentenced to live the rest of her life in prison. Until one day, the head of a secret program approaches her with an opportunity: join a group of teen assassins in-training, and get to live outside prison walls. (The goal of this program is essentially to take out the ‘worst’ people in the country.)
But once Signal joins up with the group of murderous teens at camp and starts training, she realizes there’s more to them than meets the eye. And when strange things start happening at camp, she’s determined to get to the bottom of it.
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Teen Killers Club by Lily Sparks (My Thoughts)
This is a story for all of us who have ever felt lonely, or like they didn’t fit in. I love the ‘found family’ trope, where a group of friends becomes a support system for one another. In this case, however, it’s a little different: this band of misfits are a bunch of ‘Class A’ teens, deemed dangerous and criminally manipulative. This adds to the tension – who can Signal trust? Can she even trust herself?
There’s also the underlying mystery of Signal’s friend Rose’s murder, as Signal tries desperately to remember what happened that night. So many mysteries all tied into one story!
It did slightly bother me how much Signal relied on everyone else. I get that it’s supposed to be more realistic (because it’s so annoying when a character is unreasonably strong and has no weaknesses), but I would have liked for her to grow throughout the story and become more independent. I did like that her kindness and empathy was mostly seen as a strength, though, and not a weakness.
So many of the side characters were unique and interesting. I wanted to learn more about Nobody (Signal’s bunkmate) and her past. The dialogue was hilarious – Erik’s especially – and the summer camp setting was nostalgic and fun. Of course, there’s a lot of dark humor (what with the assassin/murder-y premise), so be prepared for that!
Sure, this isn’t the most realistic premise ever. But that’s part of why fiction can be so much fun. As long as you don’t overthink it, this is an entertaining and engaging story!
Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars
Release date: November 10th, 2020
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