Urban Outlaws by Peter Jay Black is a perfect mix of awesome action, cool technology and some really super cute characters. A book that tweens of this generation will definitely like
Urban Outlaws follow the story of five orphan kids, world-famous hacker Jack, gadget geek Charlie, free runner Slink, communications chief Obi, and decoy expert Wren. Bonded by their shared sense of justice, The Urban Outlaws believe in outsmarting criminals and distributing their stolen money to poor in their Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K), a term coined for the value of work that they do.
But now the Urban Outlaws find themselves in serious trouble when they are tied up in a battle to control Proteus, a super computer that can hack anything in the world and steal top secret documents, to use it in a manner that may prove good and beneficial for the user but not for the world. And now it is up to Urban Outlaws to stop the wrong people getting access to Proteus.
Now being a serious reader, the only kids books that I have read are Archie’s comics and other. And after that due to a genetic disorder, my mind shifted towards other heavy books at an early age. But Urban Outlaws was like one good tween ride for me and it ended like a perfect book for kids of this generation. A solid children’s book entry into tech-thriller zone, this action story’s striking out feature is a group of kids having their own little bunker fitted with latest gadgets and video games, a sense of responsibility and binding force to do good for the world. It also boasts about strong female characters like Charlie, who is a bad-ass gadget enthusiast and Wren whose petite frame can deceive you when it comes to action.
Another thing that surprised about Urban Outlaws was that it keeps you engaged. Being a soon to be 25 girl, this book kept me hooked. And I finished it quickly too, like within 2 hours or so straight. The only glitches were that Urban Outlaws may strike as a spy genre in the beginning, but then ends up being into the super hero genre. The book also touches on the issue of cyber security and a few good protocols to follow when you are online.
Urban Outlaw is something that any tween would like to get hands on. And for an parent who wants their video game loving kid to read a few books, this series might just be the thing.