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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Harper is a young adult thriller written by Jo Cassidy. In a dystopian future, sixteen-year-old Harper Chandler works for the Dogwood Protection Services (DPS), a firm that neutralizes potential threats living amongst the general public and stops them from carrying out terrorist attacks. DPS utilizes Harper's stealth and technical skills to spy on their targets. But on a seemingly routine mission, Harper is conflicted as the man she happens to spy upon turns out to be the father of her school crush, Akiro. Furthermore, to feed her family and pay her mother's medical bills, Harper finds herself taking on another assignment on behalf of the owner of Anchorage Corp., Everly Stuart, who hires her to track down a dangerous stalker. Harper must now find a way to complete both assignments while carefully balancing her burgeoning relationship with Akiro.
Harper entertains you from start to finish with a smooth and delicious blend of action, romance, and humor. Complemented by a fast-paced plot, snappy dialogue, and engaging characters, Jo Cassidy's novel never fails to deliver. Harper's tenacity and determination to overcome overwhelming odds make her a likable protagonist who is easy to root for. Her relationship with Akiro is endearing, and it felt like one of the highlights of the book. I also enjoyed her dynamic and banter with the other members of DPS, Scarlett and Rigg. The action scenes are clear and concise, and the dialogue is filled with wit and humor. If you're itching for an easily accessible young adult thriller set in the future, I urge you to check out Harper.