Sekret by Lindsay SmithSekret by Lindsay Smith

Sekret

byLindsay Smith

Hardcover | February 23, 2017

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An empty mind is a safe mind.

Yulia's father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she's captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she's thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one--not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention--and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.

Lindsay Smith's love of Russian culture has taken her to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and a reindeer festival in the middle of Siberia. She writes on foreign affairs and lives in Washington, D.C. Sekret is her first novel.
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Title:SekretFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.41 × 7.02 × 1.25 inPublished:February 23, 2017Publisher:Roaring Brook PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1596438924

ISBN - 13:9781596438927

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting! It was cool to read a read about something different, I enjoyed the fast paced setting.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting This was really cool. I've always had a soft spot for Russian history, from the Romanovs and Imperial Russia to the Beatle's underground movement and the cold war. This book took a little bit of all of that and threw it together with a really original psychic premise. It was brilliantly researched, with little gems and references scattered throughout for an excited historian and history nerd to geek out over. I loved the world building and the attention to detail, especially descriptions of the aesthetic of the words spoken in Russian (it's interesting to think that, were this happening for real, it would all be in Russian and so would take on completely different connotations and sounds - Smith pays attention to that). The characters were a little bit flat sometimes, but overall they were lovely. There was a general sense of angst and futility and struggling against incomparable odds that kept me turning pages. I also really enjoyed how deeply I was submersed into the Russian mindset - what I have been taught to see as completely terrible was sometimes made to look justifiable through the morally ambiguous characters, which are my favorite kind. It was really thought-provoking, Overall, really excited to continue this series.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great premise I love the premise of SEKRET. The mystery and the political intrigue surrounding it was done so well. The main character and her development was also done beautifully. Having flashbacks of her life before being a tool for the KGB was done with her dreaming it. And we also find out who is causing her to dream these flashbacks. The writing was wonderful and it thought it was done very well, especially the characters who were developed from the very beginning. I wanted a story that kept me on my toes. I just needed something to keep the pacing going but there was nothing keeping me. So I struggled reading it and even managed to stop reading it for a while just so I can get back to it later. If you're looking for more character based development books, this one is for you. If you're looking for more of a story that keeps pushing, pass on it.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spies, Music and the Space Race... It's a story we know pretty well, here in North America. The war went cold, but both sides ran hard for space, doing whatever they could to one-up the other. There was science, and there was...something else. In SEKRET, we get the Russian side of the story, something we hear less often. We get psychic teens, some of them happy to serve, some of them rather less so, and none of them able to stay out of each other's minds. Lindsay Smith is a brilliant writer, eloquent and precise in both her action and her description. The characters are all so real they bleed on the pages. The details about how the various psychic powers work, particularly the musical aspects, are exquisite. And the setting, well, the setting is so perfect you can almost smell it. Smith's sense of time and place (and spies) are incredible. Also incredible? The pacing. I read this book very quickly because I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was SO CONCERNED, and I had no idea who to trust, and then when all the pieces came together...well, that would be telling. And good spies never tell. :) If you like your history with a twist, this is certainly the book for you! And if you like spies at all, mark the release date in your calendar right now. You won't regret it!
Date published: 2013-08-09

Editorial Reviews

"Smith's debut novel not only captivates through its fearsomely stubborn main character but also through its intriguing setting. . . . The book's tension, coupled with a burgeoning romance and the revelation of some astounding secrets, will keep teen readers on the edge of their seats and primed for more." -VOYA