Published by HarperTeen on October 8, 2019
Jessie Archer is a member of the Athena Protocol, an elite organization of female spies who enact vigilante justice around the world.
Athena operatives are never supposed to shoot to kill—so when Jessie can’t stop herself from pulling the trigger, she gets kicked out of the organization, right before a huge mission to take down a human trafficker in Belgrade.
Jessie needs to right her wrong and prove herself, so she starts her own investigation into the trafficking. But going rogue means she has no one to watch her back as she delves into the horrors she uncovers. Meanwhile, her former teammates have been ordered to bring her down. Jessie must face danger from all sides if she’s to complete her mission—and survive.
My Rating: 4 stars
The Athena Protocol is completely unexpected but entirely entertaining!
Shamim Sarif has an incredible writing style — effortless and captivating. This diverse YA Action Thriller, told in the point of view of the lead, Jessie, is fast paced and dynamic! The story gave me some Charlie’s Angels or gender bent James Bond vibes, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I mean, we have a group of female spies who are fighting against the oppression of women — it’s awesome!
I had a love/hate relationship with Jessie. I liked her resolve, passion, and sarcasm! However, she is young and it showed, despite being a trained operative. She is blinded by her emotions a lot, which I think makes her relatable while simultaneously making me want to shake some sense into her! I should note that Jessie is surrounded by a great cast of secondary characters — I particularly liked her Athena teammates.
Overall, The Athena Protocol is a great book! This was not on my radar before receiving a copy, but I’m glad I read it and am now happy to recommend it.
*Thanks to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in the UK, Shamim is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and director.
Her upcoming book, The Athena Protocol, is an all-female contemporary action thriller.
Her debut novel, The World Unseen was inspired by her family’s South African Indian heritage. The book won a Betty Trask award and the Pendleton May First Novel award.
Shamim has adapted and directed the films of all three of her novels including, most recently, Despite the Falling Snow. The book was published by Headline in the UK and St Martin’s Press in the US. The movie stars Rebecca Ferguson and Charles Dance in a story of love and betrayal in cold war Russia. Her films have won 47 awards internationally.
An accomplished speaker, Shamim has spoken at TED events worldwide, at the INK Conference in India and DLD in Munich. Corporate speaking events have included Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citibank and Disney.
Shamim lives in London with her wife, Hanan, and their two sons.