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The Secret Prophecy Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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There is a problem with YA literature: there is so much of it and so much of it is good. I can't really explain why I chose to read this book over so many, maybe it was just the next book I had to place in my in-class library and I had just finished Morgan Rhodes' Falling Kingdoms, so it was there at hand. Whatever the reason, I am glad I did. I am now a fan of Herbie Brennan (I've had Shadow Project in my library for some time; now I will read it).
This is a great book for the MS group, despite a few bad words. The pace of the plot is scorching, dead certain to keep most of my seventh graders riveted. The two boy/girl mid-teen main characters are developed very well, and I like the way Brennan makes the heroine (Charlotte) the more forceful of the two. Both of them are very real and exceptionally likable. The narration is third person limited from the hero's (a boy nicknamed Em) perspective, which works out really well in keeping the reader guessing until the very end. Em never knows whom to trust, except Charlotte, of course. It reminds me of Card's Pathfinder series; there are so many lies and lies within lies within truths that your head just starts hurting. Still, the twists and turns keep you turning the pages to find out what IS true.
The basic premise of the plot is that Em and Charlotte have to stop an evil super-secretive group (the Knights of Themis) from killing the majority of a whole generation of the world's children (by way of a vaccine that is really a genetically engineered virus). They have the help of a similarly super-secret British agency (Section 7). Maybe.Read more ›
Em (E.M. for Edward Michael) loses his father, a scholarly geek who has been trying to find a lost prophecy of Nostradamus. At the funeral, Em sees strangers, including men with guns who begin to follow him. Then his mother is tossed in an insane asylum for no real reason, and his uncle Harold starts acting like he might be a traitor.
Em figures out that people are looking for his father's notes on the lost prophecy. Together with a friend named Charlotte and the mysterious Victor, Em tries to find answers and evade his followers. He ends up going on the run, aided by Charlotte and Victor.
There's a lot of chasing here, sometimes reminiscent of the Alex Rider books (the first one also starts with a death and strangers at the funeral). Trust me when I tell you that double and triple crosses are the name of the game in The Secret Prophecy.
I mean, why exactly does Victor want Em to break into a dangerous secret facility in the United States? Is Victor a good guy or a bad guy? Why should Em keep trusting him?
I liked Em, who acts from his gut, which often turns out to be right. Sure, he thinks through certain problems, but when action is required, he's already in motion.
The meaning and importance of the prophecy is also constantly in question. This is an old-fashioned chase-and-suspense book in a lot of ways, but it takes some new-fangled twists and turns that readers will appreciate. It's clear that Brennan is a pro. Girls will like this one, but it definitely has strong boy appeal.
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First of all, i must say this is definitely not 8 and up. With bad (but not intense) language, brief reference to drugs and prostitution, i'd put it at about 7th gr. and up. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by E.A.C.
this book is very predictable from the secend chapter. also very confising at the end. do not buy wqste of money and time. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Stevie B