The Conspiracy of Us Paperback – February 2, 2016
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“An intense page turner filled with intrigue, lush settings and a dash of romance. This is a one-sitting read.”—Hypable.com
“This is such a fun, wild read. . . . I recommend this for anyone looking for adventure, spice, forbidden romance and very powerful families who rule behind the scenes. Oh, and conspiracies, lots and lots of conspiracies.”—USAToday.com
“A cinematic, puzzle-solving action-adventure that . . . will appeal to those who want puzzles and action mixed with their fashion and romance.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Hall’s worldbuilding is as enthralling as the best fantasy sagas, even though it is a world within our own. Her characters are captivating, again cleverly mixing believability with the outrageous demands of her conspiracy. The puzzle and mystery of her plot will draw readers in . . . This is a fun, fast read.” —VOYA
“This fine mix of adventure and romance will easily pull readers into a world of just-believable-enough conspiracy theories, while a cliff-hanger ending will leave them eagerly awaiting the next installment of the adventure.”—Booklist
“Thrilling and addictive, Hall’s debut is a knockout! . . . This is an outstanding novel by an impressive author to watch.”—RT Book Reviews
“Hall sweeps readers into a world of conspiracies, puzzles, and mystery from the first page, and provides a likable and intelligent narrator in Avery. Perfect for fans of Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid, Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series, and Michael Scott’s The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.”—School Library Journal
About the Author
- Lexile Measure : HL710L
- Grade Level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0147510457
- ISBN-13 : 978-0147510457
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.87 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Speak; Reprint Edition (February 2, 2016)
- Reading level : 12 - 15 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #584,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I was a bit hesitant at first because of some of the reviews and the cheesy title. Even the beginning seemed a bit too much for me, but by the time I put the book down to go to sleep I realized I was already 43% in. I finished the book next day, again, without even realizing. I just couldn't put it down. Some of the details while trying to explain the conspiracies and history did feel a bit try-hard, but the overall writing, story, and characters made for a great read. Buying the next book right now!
I found the first book in the series by accident, was hesitant to read it at first, and ended up finishing the entire series in less than a week. In fact, I could have finished even sooner but I purposely slowed myself down because I realized I didn't want the story to end. Some of the details in the history/science/explanations lost me a bit, it tried a bit too much to make sense/be realistic to the point it confused me. But the overall story was so thrilling and overwhelming (in a good way). The characters were captivating and multi-dimensional, all of them adding to the story. Some scenes are so well-written you don't just feel like you're watching them, it's like you're actually there. It's a good mix of suspense, romance, thriller, fluff, and the author isn't afraid to go dark when needed. Lots of plot twists, keeps you guessing constantly, and practically impossible to put down.
This story is about a girl named Avery who has moved so many times she has come up with a plan she calls The Plan (catchy right ;)) If she doesn't let anyone in then she won't get hurt when they have to move again for her mom's work. This works fine until she meets Jack, the new kid. He may be the only person who really gets what she's going through. But when he tells her that he had information about her father, she jumps at the chance. She goes on so many adventures, through so many continents in two weeks than most people go through in their lifetimes.
I really liked Avery's character. She had just the right amount of spunk and wits that made her more than just a pretty face, sadly like a lot of other female protagonists. She was smart and could handle herself around the twists and turns that her adventure brought. I don't know about you but that's something I look for in a main character.
Jack and Stellan. What is their to say about Jack and Stellan? Stellan is this gorgeous boy she meets at her prom, and he definitely wasn't supposed to be there. She honestly doesn't know what to do around him, and to be honest neither would I. Next is Jack. He is the boy she meets at her school, but he has some hidden secrets and she doesn't know if she can completely trust him. With his gray eyes and espresso colored hair, he is a knock out and her whole school thinks so.
Things are changing in Avery's life faster than she could ever imagine. I would totally recommend this book. It was great!!!
Top reviews from other countries
From the first page you are thrown in to the Maps Of Fates world and what a world Maggie Hall has created. The story is fast paced and full of history & lore to do with Alexander The Great and Napoleon. I loved how the 12 families made up the circle. With The Order portrayed as the villains and The Circle just as bad at times. Avery has no idea who to trust and who to turn to. But we see her come in to her own and really start to stand up for herself and be part of solving the mystery of The One & the girl with violet eyes. I'm completely Team Jack although Stellan did have his moments when I was like oh maybe. But I will be heart broken if she doesn't end up with Jack after all who doesn't love a forbidden romance?? The ending was killer so I'm desperate for book two!!
I loathed that it stopped basically mid-sentence, but now that the sequel is out, it doesn't matter so much.