Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Review: Airhead: Runaway by Meg Cabot

Airhead: Runaway by Meg Cabot (February 2011, Macmillan Children's Books, ISBN: 033045384X)

Review: The following contains spoilers for the the first and second parts of the Airhead trilogy: Airhead and Being Nikki.

Runaway is the final part of the Airhead trilogy and picks up a few days after the end of Being Nikki. The Em Watts version of Nikki Howard has been imprisoned by Brandon Stark along with the real Nikki Howard, her mum and her brother in Brandon's beach house in South Carolina. The real Nikki Howard has a secret that will bring Brandon's dad, the CEO of Stark Enterprise to his knees leaving the door open for Brandon to take over. She will spill the beans if she can have her own body back something which Brandon apparently agrees to.

In leaving with Brandon, Em was forced to tell Christopher, her long-time friend and boyfriend-to-be (she hopes) that she didn't love him so she's very surprised when he turns up to rescue her. However things don't go to plan and he leaves without her. A second rescue attempt is more successful and the group return to New York.

With the gang reassembled, Em has to work out the significance of Nikki's information and work out how to ruin Stark as well as preparing to be the Stark Angel on national tv in a diamond bikini set. And make Christopher love her again...

Runaway is an exciting thriller with strong female leads who are complemented by the male characters, with their technology knowledge, to form a strong team. Em is brave to the point of foolhardiness in her pursuit of the truth but is also, finally, prepared to ask for help. Runaway sees Em comfortable with her new self at last. There are some great secondary characters including Lulu, Em's best friend with her own special skill set and Nikki's brother Steven who uses his brawn as well as his brain when necessary. It's a shame that the series has ended as I enjoyed spending time in Em's world however the series is wrapped up neatly and all mysteries solved.

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