Title: The Conspiracy of Us
Author: Maggie Hall
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Publication date: January 15th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance, Contemporary
“The sun came out the next day, which it had no right to do.”
Avery West has moved around at least twelve times in her seventeen years of life. She refuses to get attached to anywhere or anyone and is somewhat of a loner because of it. She doesn’t know who her dad is and as far as she knows, her only blood relative is her mom. So when two attractive and mysterious guys tell her that her estranged family sent them to find her, she’s more than willing to go with them. Now bare with me here. Avery’s not the brightest at the beginning, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
The Conspiracy of Us contains a secret society called the Circle. It is made up of twelve families, all descendants of Alexander the Great. The Circle has the power to change history and they do so on the regular, but their biggest mission is deciphering an ancient family puzzle that, if concluded, would mean enormous power for one of them. But there are some issues, such as The Order, which is killing off Circle members left and right. So when Avery steps into the picture, there is complete disarray, as she could be the key to everything, or she could be what brings their fall.
It took me a while to realize this, but I really like this story. It reminded me a lot of the 39 Clues series, which I adored reading when I was younger. There’s this incredible treasure hunt around the globe, spanning over centuries and many different historical figures and places. There are wonderful characters and they all voice their opinions that will wonderfully match your own, the biggest one being that the main character sucks.
Usually I can find something to relate to with most narrators, especially in YA fantasy. However, Avery was just irritating. For starters, she couldn’t believe that someone else could understand why she didn’t like to get attached. Second of all, she had no problem getting on a plane to a different continent with a total stranger who held her at knife point moments before. Plus, she didn’t even consider telling her mom about it. She just hopped on the plane and took the word of a dangerous stranger. And thirdly, it takes her way longer to figure things out than it should.
But The Conspiracy of Us isn’t a bad book…once you look past the lead character. Near the end, I was able to tolerate Avery and did like her a bit more after a much needed character arc. The writing and story itself get progressively better throughout the book and if you can get past the first part, you’ll be glad you did because it genuinely gets so much more interesting.
So despite the rocky start, I’m vouching for The Conspiracy of Us. It’s pretty bad at the beginning but it evolves quickly. It is setting itself up to be a love triangle series, but this first book isn’t quite there yet. This book introduces us to the characters and the reasons for all the chaos. All of the reviews I’ve seen for the second book say that it’s incredible and swoon worthy in all the right places, and I’m not surprised that it continues to grow into a better series. I may just reread this while I wait to get my hands on the next one!