ABOUT THE BOOK
The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
young adult contemporary thriller published by Putnam Juvenile on January 13th, 2015
first book in The Conspiracy of Us trilogy
Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.
To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.
Fast-paced and chockfull of adrenaline pumping action, The Conspiracy of Us is an international thriller spanning two continents. A dash of realism with a unique twist involving the conspiracy theory of Alexander the Great and the Diadochi in the same vein as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, with romance thrown in for good measure, The Conspiracy of Us is a highly captivating read.
Avery West’s only family is her mother and together, moving from one town to another, they somehow survive. However, all that moving has taught Avery to not get attached because it only brings about friendships that aren’t meant to last and pain that she can do without. So it’s no surprise when her mother tells her that they’re moving out of middle-of-nowhere Maine before the weekend’s over. As her mother leaves for a two-day business trip and Avery having had enough, she agrees to be Jack Bishop’s date for prom that night.
At prom, things escalate quickly when Stellan gets involved along with whatever Jack is up to. Faced with a choice of meeting a filthy rich Alistair family who she is probably related to, Avery finds herself on a private plane en route to Paris. In Paris, Avery is forced to run for her life amid a wild goose chase for answers about her connection to a family that might just prove fatal for her.
The beginning of The Conspiracy of Us is nothing out of the ordinary but what makes it different from all the other hot-new-guy-at-school-and-a-sudden-excursion-abroad is what comes after it. Yes, there are cheesy lines and Avery isn’t always a model decision maker but she’s a fleshed out character who tends to make mistakes every now and then. In spite of her mistakes, Avery is clever and a quick learner who isn’t about to give up control of her life as the battle for power rages on.
Maggie Hall has done an amazing job of weaving an irresistible plot about conspiracy fiction that I don’t think has ever been done before in young adult fiction. Hall has flawlessly captured the quiet grandeur associated with a terrible weight of responsibilities and lavish lifestyles in secret societies. Full of gore, violence, breathtaking locales, swoonworthy scenes and a close look into the blithe lifestyle of the ultra rich, there’s not one wasted moment in The Conspiracy of Us. A splendid, heart-stopping start to a trilogy, I highly recommend The Conspiracy of Us!
‘Is it possible to feel nostalgic for something that never actually happened? If it was, it was a shade of toska. A craving for something you couldn’t possibly understand. A craving I was finally letting myself feel, only to wish I hadn’t.’
‘Sometimes I can’t tell if you’re trying to interrogate me, or kill me, or sleep with me.’
Danielle Cox says
Great review, Sana! I keep hearing good things about this one, but I'm gonna have to skip unless the love triangle goes away in book 2. :/ Ugh, otherwise this sounds like so much fun! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your review. 🙂
Danielle @ Love at First Page
Oh yes, I understand your qualms about the love triangle. Thankfully, it isn't an issue in this book, and I hope it won't be in the next one, because my ship NEEDS to be canon.
Allie @ Little Birdie Books says
The Da Vinci Code? GLOWING PRAISE AND IT MAKES ME SO EXCITED. I love me a good conspiracy aaaaand a good romance so win!
Divergent Gryffindor says
I've been wanting to read this, and I'm really glad that you liked it! Gives me more motivation to pick it up. New follower! 🙂
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor
Jess @myreadingdress says
JESS IS SO HAPPY. SO HAPPY YOU LIKED THIS ONE.
I loved how fresh this one was and I'm kind of dying for MORE in this genre. The gore though. I LOVED IT.
Fantastic review, Sana! x
Mitchii @ Aeropapers says
Oh this gets me super hype. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book & I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it. Hopefully the same thing happens to me, too. (Now onto getting me self some copy!) xD
I was super excited about this one since it first came out and I keep hearing such good things about it. It seems like a pretty different book and I'm so glad you loved it: I must read it soon.
I'm so happy to read a good review of this one! I just checked it out of the library, and I can't wait to dive into it. It makes me even happier that this is a debut!
Bella @ Ciao Bella
Ahh great review Sana! You're right that I've never seen this kind of read before in YA – this kind of high-scale plot is one that I've only ever experienced in adult fiction. Specifically Dan Brown books. So glad you loved this one and weren't disappointed with the hype surrounding it. Is it weird that I'm kind of exciting by the mention of gore? O.O I guess it's because that's yet another thing that we never get to see in YA!
Shannelle C. says
I heard of it but I found the synopsis a little too much. Like, how is the author going to pull this off? But it's nice to see that she was able to pull if off, and so, I'll just have to look out for this one!