Rating: 4 stars
“The Conspiracy of Us” by Maggie Hall is a welcome departure from the plethora of dystopian young adult novels. I love dystopia, but Hall brings us a “DaVinci Code” type story featuring three young adults who are trying to solve a puzzle to save the life of a loved one while dodging the scions of powerful dynasties trying to stop them.
The story, the first in a trilogy, is written in first person narrative from sixteen-year-old Avery West’s point of view. She meets Jack and Stellan, both of whom work for one of the twelve powerful families who control, basically, the whole world. World War II? Caused by one of the families. Ditto most important world events.
The peek into the world of the rich and fabulous is delightful, and readers will enjoy traveling to Paris and Istanbul — in the story.
Hall’s writing is quite good and her dialogue and action serve two purposes. They move the plot forward while also providing insight into the characters.
Farfetched? Traveling all over the world and deciphering clues that others were not able to? All three of their lives in danger? Of course, but that’s all part of the fun. And the ending? Pure cliffhanger. Readers won’t be able to wait until the next book.
Please note: This review is based on the advance review copy provided by the publisher, Putnam Juvenile, for review purposes.