Study Guide

Heist Society Exploration

By Ally Carter

Exploration

Kat used to love Paris. She remembered being there with her parents—eating croissants, visiting a pyramid, and carrying six red balloons. (4.1)

Kat's memories of traveling are colored by her parents' ulterior motives for their vacations. But do these memories still hold value, or are they tarnished forever by her parents' thieving, scheming ways?

I was thinking about Cannes for Christmas. (4.61)

It seems that Kat's father is more comfortable exploring the world than staying in one place. We have to wonder if he'd be such a world traveler if he weren't a thief. Perhaps he only does the whole thieving thing to fund his vacations.

Vegas was a town where almost everyone was hoping to get something for nothing—an entire city of thieves. (7.1)

Vegas is pretty much exactly what we've learned to expect television. In other words, you can lie, cheat, and steal in Vegas and no one'll blink twice.

[Kat] was in Italy. With a smart and handsome boy. Standing on a private jet. The world lay quite literally at her feet. (8.1)

Getting to see all of these different countries, with a handsome dude in tow, makes being an art thief sound like an awesome job. (One we don't have on our careers page... yet.) But Kat has other things to worry about than good-looking towns and good-looking people. Con artistry doesn't lend itself to carefree living.

"Ich entschuldige mich für die Stunde, Herr Stein." (14.5)

A little bit of untranslated German goes a long way here. We think this quote adds to the worldly nature of the book. According to Google translate, this line means, "I apologize for the hour." We were hoping for something dramatic like, "You killed my father; prepare to die," but we'll have to take what we get.

"Warsaw." Church bells began to chime. "We need to go to Warsaw." (14.35)

Kat says this the way we might say, "we need to go to that vegan Thai restaurant"—super casually. Flying across time zones is no big deal to her.

There are two dozen truly great museums in the world. [...] But, of course, even great museums are not created equal. (15.1)

We actually get to explore museums through this book, not just lots of countries. However, the main museum featured in Heist Society, the Henley, is fictional. So is the art it contains. Do the author's "lies" change our experience of the art industry in this novel?

Kat used to love Paris, but as she walked away from her father that afternoon, the sidewalks seemed too crowded and foreign and cold. (22.1)

This is the second time we're told that Kat used to love Paris. But, apparently, she doesn't anymore. Hm, maybe Paris isn't really all it's cracked up to be. It's can't all be Amelie and Eiffel Tower.

La Casa di Vetro was neither Rome's most expensive restaurant nor its most exclusive. [...] There were no tourists here, no crowds—only decadent smells and soft candlelight. (29.1)

It's important for thieves to blend in like locals, and that's why Arturo Taccone dines in a place where the locals dine—not at a tourist trap.

They did not go to Cannes for Christmas. [..] Kat and her father joined the throng that descended upon [Uncle Eddie's] old Brownstone. (37.1)

Sometimes all that exploration is a little too much for Kat. Sometimes you just need to stay in with your family, wherever that may be.

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