REVIEW: The Long Game (The Fixer #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

SummaryThe Kendricks help make the problems of the Washington elite disappear…but some secrets won’t stay buried.

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington, D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can—and cannot—be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she’s about to discover firsthand that power always comes with a price.

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary

Review: The Fixer was one of my absolute favorite books, and once I got my hands on this book, I couldn’t put it down. Unbelievably, it was even more intense and fast paced than The Fixer. It went deeper into the world that the first book had created while also crafting an entirely original plot. I could barely wrap my head around the twists and turns, and it surprised me every time. This was a stunning follow-up to The Fixer.

That being said, I was really disappointed to hear that this was a duology. It’s a perfect sequel, but it just isn’t a conclusion, Especially with an ending like it has, which introduced a whole new element to what the books have been building. Furthermore, I was hoping to see Henry develop more. He was taken in an entirely new direction, and so was his relationship with Tess. As amazing as this book was, it’s just not right for it to end here when there’s so, so much more to delve into.

It’s hard to review this book and not immediately go into spoiler territory. It was, in one word, an experience. One that every individual reader should go on alone.Overall, this book met every expectation I had for it, and then some. It was just a thrilling and engrossing as the first book, and I’m truly hoping to see a third book in this series’ future. It deserves one.

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