Street-smart and sassy Lola Phillips has never had it easy. An orphan at the age of eight and a high school dropout at the age of 16, Lola’s only concerns in life are making it to the next day while living on Skid Row and seeking out her missing parents. When a mysterious man approaches her with a tempting offer to help her find out what happened to her parents, she agrees. Her agreement: To take on the name of Harlot Rue and become his personal agent and assassin. Easy, right? Lola takes her new job and is propelled into a world she had no idea existed underground. Welcome to H Corporation, a secret organization burrowed miles beneath the earth, hidden away from the rest of the world. Their goal is to maintain peace throughout the world and they need people like Lola Phillips to do so. Unfortunately, being a teenaged girl comes with the same problems no matter where you are—even miles underground. Enter infuriatingly handsome and haughty Retro, a fellow agent whose main mission seems like it may be to make Lola fall madly in love with him. It’s up to Lola to stay grounded enough to do what she came to do. But finding her parents won’t be as easy as she’s expecting, especially when there’s another organization who would do anything, including murder, to stop her.
We see Lola Phillips as a young girl of 8 with her parents. She is spoiled rotten and loved to bits by her mom and dad. When Lola's parents kiss her and put her to bed telling her they will see her in the morning she goes to sleep happy and safe. She didn't know the next morning her life was going to change forever. Her parents disappear without a trace. When the food runs out and the utilities shut off Lola manages to find her way to her Aunts house, where lives until she is 16, then runs away to live as a vagrant in LA's Skid Row. Barely surviving, barely making it without resorting to what others have had to give into, she has become strong and independent. While out trying to earn money in some way she runs into a man dressed in an all white suit who knows her name... and sends her messages eluding that he knows something about her parents. How can she resist meeting him?
Lola Phillips, What are you willing to do to get your parents back?
Lola Phillips enters a new world of espionage and covert missions. Everything is different and strange. She meets new friends, something she hasn't had in so many years, and she feels safe for the first time since her parents disappeared. She is determined to find her parents and bring them home and this is the first real lead she has had since she ran back to LA. Lola officially becomes an agent of H Corporation and to her disgust has to change her name to Harlot Rue. She rooms with Lollie a bubbly girl she can't help but like and is fighting a crush on Lollie's brother Retro who enjoys making her insane, but he has his own secrets.
Things fall apart and she has to make it right, and to do so she has to break all rules, and maybe never return home.
This book was so action packed! I want tell you every detail but I don't want to ruin it. It was simply brilliant!! I haven't read anything like this in YA and I think the story will only get better. The book has several twists to keep you reading. The characters are so real and you fall in love with them. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, CORRUPTED!! I NEED to know what happens next!