The Regional Office Is Under Attack!

The Regional Office Is Under Attack!

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When a prophecy suggests that an insider might bring about the downfall of a powerful underground organization known as the Regional Office, devoted recruit Sarah and young assassin Rose find their respective lives clashing in a dispute that threatens everything they know.
"In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization--the Regional Office--and its coterie of super-powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation. At its helm, the mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots. Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall. And now, the Regional Office is under attack. Recruited by a defector from within, Rose is a young assassin leading the attack, eager to stretch into her powers and prove herself on her first mission. Defending the Regional Office is Sarah--who may or may not have a mechanical arm--fiercely devoted to the organization that took her in as a young woman in the wake of her mother's sudden disappearance. On the day that the Regional Office is attacked, Rose's and Sarah's stories will overlap, their lives will collide, and the world as they know it just might end. Weaving in a brilliantly conceived mythology, fantastical magical powers, teenage crushes, and kinetic fight scenes, The Regional Office Is Under Attack! is a seismically entertaining debut novel about revenge and allegiance and love."--Publisher's description.
In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, the Regional Office and its coterie of super-powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation. The mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots. Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall. Now the Regional Office is under attack, led by Rose, who is eager to stretch into her powers and prove herself on her first mission. Defending the Regional Office is Sarah, fiercely devoted to the organization that took her in as a young woman. Their lives will collide, and the world as they know it just might end.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781594632419
1594632413
Branch Call Number: FICTION GONZALES 2016
Characteristics: xiv, 400 pages ; 22 cm

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mclarjh
May 23, 2017

Essentially a teenage superpower action comic without any illustrations. Misogynistic.

VaughanPLRachelP Mar 27, 2017

Buffy meets Kill Bill in this great, fast-paced story about renegade female assassins taking on their 9-5 working, office drone female assassin counterparts. I didn't love the characterization of the main characters at the beginning of the story - mostly, the teenage main character is borderline offensive to teens - but it gets better. This one is a ton of fun.

It wants desperately to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Veronica Mars but Gonzales can’t keep up the witty repartee and pop-culture quotes and thus comes off as cute rather than edgy or smart. Pleasant, but not memorable bit of pop fluff.

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JessicaRoberts
Dec 31, 2016

I found this book to be pretty disappointing. Good setup and some interesting details, but the author obviously had no idea what to do with them or how to resolve the book.

AL_CATHERINE Sep 02, 2016

Think Die Hard with female assassins and robots! What's not to love?!

LeRat Jul 24, 2016

A bit of a parody of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" tropes found in some paranormal fiction, this book stretches a bit further and adds some interesting characterization to the standard company of characters.

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calistarm
May 30, 2016

My first thought was that I was not the intended audience of this book. Fights that lasted several chapter and lots of bad language. Explosions and robots and all sorts of weird stuff. It reads like a Joss Whedon TV show. But the writing was wonderful and the characters surprisingly complex and before I knew it I was having too much fun to quit. This book was a delightful summer read, just so fun.

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Novel_Librarian
Apr 06, 2016

Character voices in this novel are fantastic. Rose: gifted and impatient (which is to say, a teenager) is the leader of an all out attack against the Regional Office; standing in her way is loyal Sarah and her mechanical arm. You'll root for both of these characters before the book's end.

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calistarm
May 30, 2016

calistarm thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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jeremy2432
Jun 21, 2016

As we left the copy room, we congratulated ourselves on not just our escape but on how in sync we were with each other, and how good our instincts were, how we should've been spies or special agents ourselves, and, busy congratulating ourselves, we were surprised when one of the goons grabbed one of us--Carl from accounting--and socked him over the head with the butt of a pistol, and only because Carl was so wide and the hallway so narrow were the rest of us able to keep running despite the two other guys who brained Carl.

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