"When M crash-landed at elite Lawless school, it is not what she was expecting. She's soon learning safe-breaking and computer-hacking. Not to mention how to jump off moving trains and steal priceless paintings. Surrounded by trainee criminals, she'll have to keep her wits about he (just as well they're razor-sharp). But will she be good - or bad - enough for Lawless?"
Lawless follows the journey of M. M has been completely sheltered from everything the 'normal' world is. She has been homeschooled since forever and didn't think her lessons where any different to anybody else's. How wrong she was. M has been taught how to count every footstep she takes, everything there is to know about priceless paintings and nothing about her father's death. Then one day M's life is turned around and she is thrown headfirst into the world of crime. She will make friends, enemies and what can only be described as frenemies.
I really liked the characters of Merlyn and Zara. I liked Merlyn because I could really relate to his geekiness and awkwardness, and also because he was kind of awesome with computers. I liked Zara because of the secret she holds and the dedication she has not only to M but also to Lawless as a school. I really liked the unknown behind Ms Watts and M's dad; I found that really interesting and it was rather a bombshell when the secret comes out. There were, however, a few things I liked less about the book. I felt that it reminded me a lot of the Gallagher Academy books and the Heist Society novels. Some people might not mind this, but personally it kept bugging me. And also, the ending! All I can say is that there had better be a sequel!
I think fans of Ally Carter's books will either love this book or hate it, but anyone else who loves an action-packed, secret keeping book will probably like this.
Review by Harriett
Lawless by Jeffrey Salane
Piccadilly Press Ltd