The Inheritance Games meets Ocean’s Eleven in this cinematic heist thriller where a cutthroat competition brings together the world’s best thieves and one thief is playing for the highest stakes of all: her mother's life.
At only seventeen years old, Ross Quest is already a master thief, especially adept at escape plans. Until her plan to run away from her legendary family of thieves takes an unexpected turn, leaving her mother’s life hanging in the balance.
In a desperate bid, she enters the Thieves’ Gambit, a series of dangerous, international heists where killing the competition isn’t exactly off limits, but the grand prize is a wish for anything in the world—a wish that could save her mom. When she learns two of her competitors include her childhood nemesis and a handsome, smooth-talking guy who might also want to steal her heart, winning the Gambit becomes trickier than she imagined.
Ross tries her best to stick to the family creed: trust no one whose last name isn’t Quest. But with the stakes this high, Ross will have to decide who to con and who to trust before time runs out. After all, only one of them can win.
Debut author Lewis illustrates a captivating push and pull narrative that centers a girl yearning for a "normal" life while navigating a dangerous game where cons and trickery are rewarded. Black Bahamian 17-year-old Ross Quest comes from a family of thieves; with her mother, she completes daring heists around the globe. Though her thrilling life has afforded her close family ties, Ross has always been desperate for friends, and intends to sneak away to a gymnastics camp. On the night she plans to leave her life of crime, the job her mother is on goes sideways, resulting in her capture by mysterious assailants, who hold her for a ransom of one billion dollars. To save her mother's life, Ross enters the Thieves' Gambit, a legendary, potentially fatal tournament in which the world's top teen thieves must complete a series of heists, competing to be granted their heart's desire. With her childhood enemy Noelia, who is Swiss and white, also competing, Ross knows she must remain guarded, but she soon finds herself taken with handsome and cunning Devroe, who is Black and British. Fresh descriptions of varied backdrops, including the Bahamas, Cairo, and France, elucidate wanderlust vibes in this edge-of-the-seat thriller. Ages 12–up.
Fast paced fun!
Thieves Gambit by Kavion Lewis is a wile, thrilling, fast-paced ride for fans of Six of Crows, Inheritance Games, and Oceans Eleven. This comparison titles probably give you a good sense of what you’re walking into when you start this book and Kavion Lewis does not disappoint!
Seventeen-year-old Rosalyn Quest is part of a notorious thieving family but really just longs for a normal teenage life. But her dreams are out on hold when her mother is kidnapped. In order to save her mother, Rosalyn must enter an underground thieving competition and win the grand prize. This is where the fun and chaos truly begins! It’s such a fast and almost head-spinning ride as you meet the other competitions who are willing to do absolutely anything to win—just like Rosalyn. The result is a whole lot of twists, turns, and of course, betrayals that keep raising the tension and sakes all the way to the end! This book was set up to the first in a series and the ending definitely had me eager to read the second installment!