Friday, July 31, 2015
THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall
I could not get enough of The Conspiracy of Us. It was The DaVinci Code meets Red Queen. Geography, history, and secret societies meet in Maggie Hall's fast-paced first book in the Conspiracy series.
Avery West has moved around all of her life, and just when she gets asked to prom by the cute new guy, her mom gets another phone call and it's time to move. But, when Avery sneaks out to the prom to meet Jack Bishop, her life changes in an instant. She learns she is a relative of one of the families in the Circle of Twelve, an ancient society going back to the days of Alexander the Great. And when Jack tells her about the prophecy (the One and the girl with the violet eyes), Avery realizes that she is in way over her head. Once she reveals that her brown contacts disguise her real eye color - purple - Avery becomes the target of the most powerful families in the Circle of Twelve. Jack and Stellan (another Keeper) eventually help Avery escape the grasp of the power-hungry families, and in following the clues left behind from their common mentor, the three come to realize that Avery and someone she least suspects is the key to fulfilling the prophecy.
The Conspiracy of Us ends on a total cliffhanger, and I am so excited to read the next book, Map of Fates, which comes out next year. This will be on the top of my stack of books to recommend to my incoming seventh graders when school starts!