Female assassins are part of a secret organization to keep the the world safe from the ever present forces of evil. Sounds like an awesome hook, doesn't it? Initially I was somewhat intrigued by the title and the concept but wasn't that into it. But I kept hearing and reading hype about this book and I thought, why not?
Unfortunately I once again fell for really good marketing and the hype machine. The book is frenetic in its pace switching between characters, points in the history, action and more. It very much reminded me of films with a similar concept: total regular newbie gets dropped into this absurd world of secret agents, high tech gadgetry/seriously advanced technology, an incredible, encompassing evil threat that may destroy the world if the newbie doesn't join up, yadda yadda, etc.
This book is not quite like that (it's told through an omniscient third POV) but you get the idea. And unfortunately it sort of translate to that. There's a little too much going on. Yes I know the world is about to end and it's not a nice quaint tea party but the action seems to come at the price of character development. A slew of female assassins? Cool! Female main characters who are being manipulated by a couple of men? And also don't really get much character development? Not so cool.
This book needed a better editor to hack away at some of the action scenes, flesh out the characters a bit more and to check some of the author's impulses. It tries hard to seem cool and super spy/action heroes/heroines to save the world but it comes off as cutesy and tedious.
There is quite a bit of cussing in the book. Personally I really wasn't bothered by it (THE WORLD IS ENDING! WHO CARES?!?) but apparently a lot of reviewers were and if that's not your cup of tea consider yourself forewarned.
It sounded like a cool book. But like Bay movies (or others, he was just the first one I could think of), you might enjoy the ride but you probably won't remember much when you put the book down and wouldn't necessarily read it again. Borrowed from the library and that sounds about right.