Not Undercover: Superb Spy Fiction
Some great spy series have been out for a while, and good new ones have been debuting recently as well. Here are a few fun titles broken down by category!
Young Bonds Get Recruited
Stormbreaker (Alex Rider Series) by Anthony Horowitz
I consider this series about Alex Rider a new classic of the genre. Alex is basically a mini-Bond, even though he never planned on becoming a high-level British spy. He took to it quite well I’d say!
The Recruit (CHERUB series) by Robert Muchamore
Boy, those Brits sure know how to get their espionage on! Here, children are recruited for a secret branch of the British Secret Service — they’re useful because no one suspects such innocent faces.
SilverFin by Charles Higson
James Bond backstory! To get that good, he had to start young.
Girls Go to Spy School
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School series) by Gail Carriger
How to do female spies defend themselves in 1851? Sewing scissors of course!
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You (The Gallagher Girls series) by Ally Carter
Cammie is a student at an elite private school — except that it’s a school for spies. Oh Cammie, you’re so funny and fun. Let’s hang out and you can teach me how to think like a spy.
Born to Spy
Also Known As (AKA) by Robin Benway
Don’t you hate when falling in love gets in the way of getting the job done?
I.Q. by Roland Smith
Q’s mom is a former-spy-turned-rocker. You know he’s got the skills!
And it seems like A LOT of the most popular spy books are being turned into graphic novels, including Silverfin, CHERUB, Alex Rider … What do you all think about this phenomenon? Let me know in the comments!
— Amy Pelman, currently reading Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt