Title of book: The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, #1)
Author: Maggie Hall
Genre: YA international thriller (part of a trilogy)
Release Year of release: 2015
Version that I’ve read or listened to (Book, Audiobook etc): Audiobook
Part of a series: Yes, the “The Conspiracy of Us”
Active author at social media and internet in general (blog, website etc): Yes
Book cover: Amazing! Easy 9 out of 10
Main characters: Avery, Jack and Stellan
Summary of the book
Avery West is almost 17 years old and she lives with her mother. They often change where they live due to her mother’s job or so Avery believes! During her prom, she surprisingly finds out that from her father’s side, who she has never met in her life but she has never actually lost her fate of meeting, is part of a powerful secret society. This society is called the Circle and the girl with the purple eyes, our main character, is part of an ancient prophecy that will increase the Circle’s power. The dynamics between the Circle are quite interesting. Everyone wants to use Avery, in a different way throughout the book, some will stand by her side or pretend to, some will want her dead. As this wasn’t enough, the Circle is threatened by another organization, called the Order.
Having said that, in the first few chapters of the book, Avery travels across Europe to finally meet her dad, but as the story continues she puts all of her efforts to solve the mystery of the prophecy. Avery travels across countries in order to find clues and during her journey, she has Jack and Stellan with whom a love thriangle will start to develop.
Note 1: Jack and Stellan work for these Circle’s families.
Note 2: If you like love triangles, “Map of Fates”, (book #2 from the Conspiracy of Us series) will reward you.
Strong Elements of the book
- The book is fast-paced. The chapters of the book are not really big. That helps the reader understand more easily the plot and it does not become boring.
- I like books that are part of series. This one is part of a trilogy.
- As a big role in the plot play Achilles, Alexander the Great and his descendants and as I am Greek, I found that the historical details are given with respect to the history. Of course not entirely accurate, not by mistake but so as to help the plot evolve. Overall, the use of history and legends were a strong plus of the book.
- The action scenes have reason for existence and they are described beautifully.
- The characters are finding clue after clue and the story gradually unravels.
- There are no unnecessary descriptions in the beginning of the book. Usually in books like this one, there are and I am not a fan of them. Ending of the book that keeps readers interest alive for the second book as well.
Weak or less strong Elements of the book
I would have liked more details about the character’s personalities and analysis of their feelings as Avery, Jack and Stellan are going through so many changes in their lives throughout the book.
- I would have liked Avery to have a stronger personality, a personality with more layers to explore.
- Personally, if I were Avery, there would be no choice to make, I would choose Jack. But when it comes to her feelings, they are messed up, but without proper explanation as to how they started to exist for Stellan as well. Maybe her feelings for Stellan are more justified in the second book, but not in the 1st one in my opinion.
- Stating that 2 world wars were practically orchestrated by the Circle is too much.
- I would have liked at the end of the book a list of the members of the Circle, the 12 families. Maybe this is done at the actual book, but as I listened to the Audiobook, I have no way of verifying that.
- Avery has a small age difference from Jack and Stellan. Having said that, the 2 boys seem to be way more mature than she is, without obvious reason.
Did the story keep you guessing?
Yes and sets a good base for the second part of the trilogy “Map of Fates” .
Were certain types of scene written particularly well?
Yes, action scenes.
Did the book make me laugh or cry?
Laugh yes, cry no.
Did the story grip you and keep you turning the pages?
Yes. I finished the audiobook really fast.
Things to look forward in the next book:
As I firstly read the second book and then the first one when, I cannot answer this part. If I hadn’t done that, I would have probably mentioned:
- Trip to Greece and Delphi, because when you talk about prophecies there is no better place to involve and describe.
- More clues and treasure hunting.
- Stellan’s fans for sure would like more of him (and spoiler) they will get it.
Overall rating of the book.
8 out of 10.
P.S: You may also find my book review at my account at Goodreads .
Until next time,